Thursday, April 21, 2011

We need a New Thomas Jefferson!

 Would it not be great to have a man like this again? or, at the very least, have men that would act like him! Read below and you will understand.

Thomas Jefferson was a remarkable man who began his learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, he began studying under his cousins' tutor.

At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, he studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, he entered the College of  William and Mary.

At 19, he studied Law for 5 years, starting under George Wythe.

At 23, he started his own law practice.

At 25, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, he wrote the widely circulated
, "Summary View of the Rights of  British America," and retired from his law practice.

At 32, he was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress, where he wrote the seminal document, 
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms.”

At 33,
 he wrote the Declaration of Independence .

At 33, he took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code
, wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, he was elected the second Governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, he served in Congress for two years.

At 41, he was the American minister to  France  and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, he served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55,
 he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.

At 57, he was elected the third president of the  United States .

At 60, he obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size.

At 61, he was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, he retired to  Monticello .

At 80, he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

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

At 83, he died, on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of  Independence
the same day as his lifelong friend, John Adams…100 miles apart. Adams last words were, “ Jefferson lives.”

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself had studied the previously failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, God's laws, and the nature of man
. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. His is a voice from the past to lead us into 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."…a paraphrase of the last sentence of the Eulogy delivered by Governeur Morris (of New York ) at Jefferson’s Funeral: “The greatest collection of Logical Minds in the history of the World was when Jefferson lay dying alone in his Room.”

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 deprived 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
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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