Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thomas Jefferson

Sent to me via email from my Aunt Polly who at 73 is every bit as Patriotic and Right Wing as I am.


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 & 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.

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… Thomas Jefferson

7 comments:

PatriotUSA said...

Ken,
This is outstanding and I will 'steal' this to re-post at Patriot's Corner later tonight.

Aunt Polly is a very intelligent lady and bravo for her sending this to you!

Be sure to relay a big thanks to your Aunt Polly!!

dhanna59 said...

Outstanding work there Wirecutter!
Too bad that that hasn't been taught in public schools for a long time...The blood of Patriots and tyrants will be a lesson taught soon enough, most people will perish as inconsequential collateral damage that got in the way, or starve to death.
I for one, will die like a soldier, with honor, defending our Constitution bringing death and destruction to our common enemies.

Brian said...

TJ is my hero.

With 42 Nobel Prize winners in attendance at the White House, JFK said this...

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

Oswald Bastable said...

Excellent post!

John said...

Obama was a community organizer...with a Nobel Peace Prize oh the humanity.

Josh K. said...

:-D

Tattoo Jim said...

Now just imagine, if you will, what Mr. Jefferson would say if he were to come back and spend just one day in the capitol... something along the lines of "All my work, wasted! Not one word that I uttered, remembered! Not a single member of this Congress or the Presidency worthy of leading what was once, the greatest country on earth! What has become of my America???"
We, the people, of the United States of America... have failed our founding fathers. We deserve what we are about to receive.