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O/T Thomas Jefferson

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  1. Fhil Whiner

    Fhil Whiner TS Member

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    Now, I didn't check snopes on this, but.............

    Thomas Jefferson:

    At age 5, he began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

    At age 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.

    At age 14, he studied classical literature and additional languages.

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

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

    At age 23, he started his own law practice.

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

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

    At age 32, he was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

    At age 33, he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

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

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

    At age 40, he served in Congress for two years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    At age 65, he retired to Monticello.

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

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

    At age 83, he died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence.


    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

    “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 age 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, 1802
     
  2. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    My cousin, 7th removed. His grandfather and my grandfather 9th removed were the same man. I wish his brains ran in the family...LOL
     
  3. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    America's first Republican, who believed the sovereignty of the people and hated the ruling class.

    Could not be elected President today, "because he could not win the Independents!"
     
  4. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    The Founders were Men of outstanding intelligence that we have not been able to duplicate!

    The present bunch in DC in comparison are still in Pre-school!!!

    They have become the "tyrants" Jefferson warned us about!!
     
  5. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    Jeffrson was a Democrat-Republican. Not the modern Republican party.
     
  6. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    True he is not today's Republican, but it was a word he used often in his vocabulary and he hated Federalists as well.

    He was also described as a Republican by his enemies.

    Both the Democrats and the Republican definitions have lost their meanings and belief systems compared today, but the fact remains he hated big government, no matter who ran it.

    Today he would be closer to an Libertarian???

    Today's Rockefeller's Republicans are fighting against the takeover of the party by the "people."


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    TJ to Alexander Donald 2/7/1788.

    "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied upon to set them to rights."
     
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