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Thomas Jefferson

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Seacowboys, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Thomas Jefferson
    This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read it entirely.
    Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early
    in life and never stopped.
    At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
    At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
    At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
    At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
    At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
    At 23, started his own law practice.
    At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
    At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British
    America " and retired from his law practice.
    At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
    At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence ..
    At 33, took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code and wrote a Public
    Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
    At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
    At 40, served in Congress for two years.
    At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial
    treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
    At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
    At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American
    Philosophical Society.
    At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of
    Republican Party.
    At 57, was elected the third president of the United States ..
    At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
    At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
    At 65, retired to Monticello ..

    At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

    At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served
    as its first president.

    At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of
    Independence along with John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed
    attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his
    laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most
    understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to
    lead us in the future: (To those that listen & learn)

    John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
    brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is
    perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in
    the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."


    "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall
    become as corrupt as Europe ." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A
    principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
    from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
    them." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
    too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
    arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
    government." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
    patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which
    he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties
    than standing armies.

    If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of
    their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and
    corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of
    all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their
    fathers conquered."
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  2. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Thanks for posting Sea, I consider myself a Jeffersonian Constitutionalist. Fat lot of good it does me in todays environment. But, thanks for posting anyway.
    Falcon15 likes this.
  3. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Among the patriot movements of today he is the most often quoted. And with good reason.
  4. bfayer

    bfayer Keeper Of The Faith

    He is also the most mis-quoted and selectively quoted by progressives, who love to use pieces and parts of his writtings without understanding or even caring about the context.

    The Jeffferson memorial in DC is a great example.

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