Thomas Jefferson writing to Colonel Smith about civil disturbances in Massachusetts said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?” “Resistance,” the word seems so foreign today. Yet resistance to tyranny and despotism was foundational in the birthing of the Republic. The founders of our nation believed in the God of perfect liberty. When the spirit of bondage slithered into the Colonies something rose in the hearts of the people. That something was the reformer’s spirit.