What follows are quotations from the third President of the United States (and then re-elected), Thomas Jefferson. They are offered as a bit of knowledge for those citizens so young as to believe that the history of the United States began with Barack H. Obama’s first election in 2008, and thus ignorant of the story of the Founding Fathers. I received this as an email from a good friend.
“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.”
Alan W. Greiner