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    Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part

    Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

    At 5, began studying under his cousin's 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 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 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 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 ."
    >>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." (and our nation!)
    >>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."
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    "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
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    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
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    "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."
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    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
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    "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
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    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!!!

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    Truly one of the greatest leaders to ever run a country.

    Sure there are a few "colorful" aspects to his life that not everyone can get behind, (his owning of slaves, his having mixed race children out of wedlock, his not being a Christian), but taken as a whole he is one of the most phenomenal Americans ever to have lived.

    I could probably read a different great quote of his every day for the rest of my life and still not repeat any!

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    Be nice to have some of his DNA so we could clone a real leader and true thinker.
    The idiots this country comes up with on both sides of the isle are ridiculous, along with the amount of money one has to generate to get the oval office. I read earlier that Romney is trying to generate 800 million dollars.
    To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
    -- Confucius

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    I think that people who use his quotes in sig lines must be pretty smart too.
    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what will never be. (Thomas Jefferson 1816)

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    His home, Monticello, is about 20 miles from my place. It is an amazing place and should be seen by anyone who has the chance. Could he be elected even for town council now? I wonder... Instead we got Barry......what a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnel_rat View Post
    Could he be elected even for town council now? I wonder... Instead we got Barry......what a joke.
    Today he would be destroyed by the media lapdogs as a heartless right wing extremist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackhawk View Post
    At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions, and became the active head of Republican Party.
    The Republican party wasn't founded till 1854. 28yrs after Jeffersons death.
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    He was a great President and yet so misunderstood. I have a book of quotes and Jefferson had some great things to say. He was not an Atheist or a Dietist. He was a Christian and (despised) how men twisted the Scripture to suit their own thoughts and actions.
    Discipline your child so that other parents don't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaard View Post
    The Republican party wasn't founded till 1854. 28yrs after Jeffersons death.
    I stand corrected. The party did not officially begin till 1854, but It was because of Jefferson that the Republican party got it's name.

    From Wikipedia:The party's founding members chose the name "Republican Party" in the mid-1850s as homage to the values of republicanism promoted by Thomas Jefferson's Republican party.[12]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republi...ited_States%29
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    Quote Originally Posted by BACnet View Post
    Truly one of the greatest leaders to ever run a country.

    Sure there are a few "colorful" aspects to his life that not everyone can get behind, (his owning of slaves, his having mixed race children out of wedlock, his not being a Christian), but taken as a whole he is one of the most phenomenal Americans ever to have lived.

    I could probably read a different great quote of his every day for the rest of my life and still not repeat any!
    I believe Jefferson when he said this.
    In a private letter to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson refers to himself as "Christian" (1803): "To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence..."[176
    Discipline your child so that other parents don't have to.

    We're awl pawthetic and kweepy and can't get giwrls. That's why we fight wobots.

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    unfortunatley, i appears Jefferson didn't subscribe to Christianity enough,

    but he was one of the greatest politicians in known world history.
    Madison too.

    it's a massive crime that the school system doesn't teach about these guys

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    Jefferson believed in the teachings of Jesus as a good moral guide but he didnt believe in the divinity of Jesus and he thought most of the bible was a bunch of poppycock.

    No biggie....

    When you a Jefferson quote with "God" in it.... he isnt referring to the christian god....or the god of abraham but more of a generic god.....

    Again.....no biggie.

    He also believed in owning people and considering the farm machinery....and he also had no problems with whole villages of indian savages being slaughtered so that the white man could have more land to plant corn.

    different times I suppose......
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaard View Post
    I believe Jefferson when he said this


    In a private letter to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson refers to himself as "Christian" (1803): "To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence..."
    Not believing in the divinity of Christ & not believing in the resurection of Christ does separate him from the mainstream though...

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