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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.


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: screwball; thomasjefferson
This is my first and most likely my last post, so take heart. And, if I didn't do it exactly right, be kind.
1 posted on 05/26/2011 9:08:29 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Bitsy

It is a magnificent post.

Our forefathers got Jefferson.

We get the Obamaloon.

Curses!!


2 posted on 05/26/2011 9:10:53 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Thanks so much (as sweat pours down my face) I just thought I needed to share even though it was my first post, whew:)


3 posted on 05/26/2011 9:13:34 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Bitsy

Good post. It really highlights the struggles we face in America today.


4 posted on 05/26/2011 9:15:04 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Bitsy

That is a wonderful post. The men who built this country were truly patriotic Americans.


5 posted on 05/26/2011 9:16:09 AM PDT by Mind Freed (Maybe Obama was the Wright choice... Let's wait till everything Ayers out.)
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To: Bitsy

The quotes are bone-chilling and goosebump raising.

How could we allow our leaders to ignore such profound and prophetic wisdom?

Excellent post, btw.


6 posted on 05/26/2011 9:16:33 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Bitsy

Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 05/26/2011 9:18:04 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Illinois has become California without the climate or the glamor)
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To: Bitsy
You left out Jefferson's rewriting of the Bible.

In 1820 Jefferson completed “The Jefferson Bible”. aka. “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”.

Nice post, btw.

8 posted on 05/26/2011 9:21:23 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Bitsy

Great Post!

I love the man. TJ, is my hero!

But he would never be nominated for president in the Republican Party. Sad.


9 posted on 05/26/2011 9:22:54 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Bitsy

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,”

http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/what-thomas-jefferson-learned-muslim-t32803.html
“ ... 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.”


10 posted on 05/26/2011 9:33:57 AM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Reagan Man

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.


11 posted on 05/26/2011 9:36:24 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Bitsy

Great post! Please don’t let it be your last. We need the reminders of our founding.


12 posted on 05/26/2011 9:38:08 AM PDT by born2bfree
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To: Bitsy

This is a great post! Tom forecast 2011 pretty well.


13 posted on 05/26/2011 9:41:54 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Bitsy

bttt


14 posted on 05/26/2011 9:42:56 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Bitsy

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

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Not True. Close to the truth. But Google it if you’re interested.


15 posted on 05/26/2011 9:54:01 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: RoadTest

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.


16 posted on 05/26/2011 9:54:52 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks


17 posted on 05/26/2011 9:56:04 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Reagan Man

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.

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/JefJesu.html


18 posted on 05/26/2011 10:02:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Bitsy

Great post. Thanks for sharing. (Don’t resign yourself to it being your last post....)


19 posted on 05/26/2011 10:03:01 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Verginius Rufus

>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.


20 posted on 05/26/2011 10:08:29 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

TJ was a Deist. He was hardly a Christian.


21 posted on 05/26/2011 10:12:34 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Jefferson and Madison did write the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. Jefferson was, of course, the leader of the Democratic-Republican party, often called the “Republican” party at the time, although the ancestor of the present day Democratic party.


22 posted on 05/26/2011 10:26:03 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Bitsy

Why make such a great post and then declare it your likely last one? Inquiring minds want to know.


23 posted on 05/26/2011 10:39:24 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Bitsy

Why would this be your last post? It’s a wonderful post and done perfectly (as far as I can see) and is worthy of keeping and being passed around in email to those who don’t read FreeRepublic.

Thanks for posting.


24 posted on 05/26/2011 10:41:09 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Wuli

Why make such a great post and then declare it your likely last one? Inquiring minds want to know.

If I didn’t do it right or posted in the wrong place I thought I would get blow back and I would not want to post again. But, I guess I did OK because response was positive. First time is always a bit scarey.


25 posted on 05/26/2011 1:01:47 PM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Bitsy
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26 posted on 05/26/2011 1:47:55 PM PDT by clbiel (Hey Islam! Satan's on the line says he's not giving back your religion without a fight.)
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To: Bitsy

“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.”

I agree with you.


27 posted on 05/26/2011 2:09:53 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: thackney

Couldn’t agree with you more.

The historic Jefferson included words and actions both famous and infamous. Thankfully, more the former than the latter.


28 posted on 05/26/2011 2:33:17 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Bitsy

You did great. Wonderful post. Thank you.


29 posted on 05/26/2011 8:05:06 PM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: Nea Wood

Thank you Nea Wood!


30 posted on 05/27/2011 6:14:59 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: OneWingedShark

I think his attitude was that he didn’t trust the early Christians and wanted to avoid any distortions they may have made—but his knowledge of what Jesus said was dependent on the disciples having written down and preserved the sayings of Jesus, so how could he know if they were all authentic?


31 posted on 05/27/2011 7:29:50 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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