"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
We have also learned that despots prefer timid subjects. In the USA the imperial government desecrates the memory of Thomas Jefferson by insisting that all behave timidly in said place. Words like “solemn” and “reverent” flow from them to describe the atmosphere and behavior they expect at the memorial. Thomas Jefferson would have objected to this. He knew better than to call that liberty.