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Thomas Jefferson--Been there-seen that
Thomas Jefferson saw/knew the future before our generation has..he's right on...........history always repeats itself.....happening now!
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
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginiaís legal
code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious
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
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
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.
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 government.
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!!!