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'I tremble for my country'

Posted: October 11, 2011 3:06 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Recently, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the killing of police officer Mark MacPhail. Seven out of nine witnesses of the Davis trial recanted or contradicted their testimony against Troy Davis. Texas inmate Michael Mortor was convicted on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to life in prison. Also recently, DNA tests proved that Mortor was wrongly convicted for murder after serving 25 years in prison. I truly believe the future belongs to the one who holds the pen and the future holds us hostage for interpretation. Like Jefferson, I trembled, but not with fear because the Bible tells us that God is a God that shows no partiality.

Thomas Jefferson’s “Notes on the State of Virginia 1781” (in part) came in mind: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation is among possible events: that it may become probably by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest…. But it is impossible to be temperate and to pursue this subject through the various considerations of policy, of moral, of history natural and civil.”

We must be contented to hope they will force their way in everyone’s mind. I think a change is already perceptible, since the original of the present revolution. The spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust, his condition mollifying the way I hope preparing under the auspices and that this disposed in the order of events to be with consent of the master rather than by their extirpation.


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