Skip to comments.Thomas Jefferson
Posted on 05/26/2011 9:08:26 AM PDT by Bitsy
HOPE YOU'LL TAKE TIME TO READ THIS...
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 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 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 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
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.
It is a magnificent post.
Our forefathers got Jefferson.
We get the Obamaloon.
Thanks so much (as sweat pours down my face) I just thought I needed to share even though it was my first post, whew:)
Good post. It really highlights the struggles we face in America today.
That is a wonderful post. The men who built this country were truly patriotic Americans.
The quotes are bone-chilling and goosebump raising.
How could we allow our leaders to ignore such profound and prophetic wisdom?
Excellent post, btw.
Thanks for posting.
In 1820 Jefferson completed “The Jefferson Bible”. aka. “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”.
Nice post, btw.
I love the man. TJ, is my hero!
But he would never be nominated for president in the Republican Party. Sad.
thank you, for posting a reminder of the “gold standard” for public servants.
(shocking to compare to the greedy arrogant ones running our country now.)
...my only addition, would be about Jefferson’s careful research and conclusions about Islam, and his position on National Defense:
“millions for defense but not one cent for tribute,”
“ ... in order to retrieve seized American ships and buy the freedom of enslaved sailors.
Adams argued in favor of paying tribute as the cheapest way to get American commerce in the Mediterranean moving again. Jefferson was opposed. He believed there would be no end to the demands for tribute and wanted matters settled “through the medium of war.” He proposed a league of trading nations to force an end to Muslim piracy.”
I think what Jefferson did was to cut out the passages of the Gospels where Jesus is quoted directly and paste them on blank pages of a notebook.
Great post! Please don’t let it be your last. We need the reminders of our founding.
This is a great post! Tom forecast 2011 pretty well.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
Not True. Close to the truth. But Google it if you’re interested.
Tom forecast 2011 pretty well.
I think a question should be put to every presidential candidate - Have you read the life of Thomas Jefferson and do you agree with him. If we compare TJ or OB we can see who was on the right side of history. I pray every day for America and that we be provided with Godly men to lead us out of this quagmire. We need greatness again.
To call “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” by Jefferson a bible is quite a stretch. He removed any hint of Jesus divinity or performing any miracles. It ends with Jesus dead and buried.
Thomas Jefferson is to be admired for a lot of great work. But trying to pass along the moral teachings of Jesus while hiding his divinity and the source of salvation wasn’t one of them.
Great post. Thanks for sharing. (Don’t resign yourself to it being your last post....)
>I think what Jefferson did was to cut out the passages of the Gospels where Jesus is quoted directly and paste them on blank pages of a notebook.
IOW, he wanted to see what Jesus himself said.
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