My goodness I was completely blown away by the following email I received, especially the many prescient quotes at the end. Can anyone doubt JFK’s words, again true? Many thanks to a good friend for the following:
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable
Man who started learning very early
In life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and
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
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
At 40, served in Congress for two
At 41, was the American minister to
France and negotiated commercial
Treaties with European nations
Along with Ben Franklin and John
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 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 nation’s
At 61, was elected to a second term
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
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
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
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
To compel a man to subsidize with his
Taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and
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.
And even as Jefferson predicted, our children today face the diminishment of liberty, for the very reasons he warned us against: rapacious government, an entitlement mentality encouraged and abetted by corrupt politicians, an ever-increasing state weighing the souls of our inhabitants who want to breathe free.
I noticed a marked decrease in turnout at the various Tea Party rallies last weekend. The ruling elite may take that as a sign that the movement for smaller government has crested. They do so as their peril. Americans have never been more energized, having finally awoken from the collectivist spell the democrats managed to work in 2008. Don’t think that will happen again.