Thomas Jefferson's 'tree of liberty' remark was long-ago co-opted by conservatives as justification for stuffing every conceivable nook and cranny of our nation with as many guns as humanly possible.
(I mean, you just never know, do you?)
But Eric Zorn, in a typically-thoughtful column in last Friday's Chicago Tribune, responded to this misappropriation by putting a new wrinkle in Jefferson's quote to better-reflect the sad ideal prized by firearm advocates in even-sadder twenty-first century America.
Instead of finishing with “...the blood of patriots and tyrants”, Zorn put it thusly:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of innocent school children.
Which just about says it all, doesn't it?
Good going, Mr. Zorn.