[StBernard] Thomas Jefferson
Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Jun 22 00:04:22 EDT 2011
HOPE YOU'LL TAKE TIME TO READ THIS...
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early
in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousins 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
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 waaay 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.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not.
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.
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.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms .
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
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants .
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which
he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
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.
I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!
I'm doing my part. Please do yours.
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