He was, however, not even close to standing head and shoulders above his peers.
The notion that he did was not something that could be advanced until the generation that had known the founders had passed away.
All of the founders are well worth studying. Truly a phenomenal group of people.
And of particular relevance in this day when our Courts have divorced themselves from the Constitution all Judges are under our Constitution sworn to defend —”Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding,and should, therefore be construed to the ordinary rules of common sense.Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties,which may make anything mean everything ,or nothing at pleasure.” earlier in this same letter to Justice Wm.Johnson June 12,1823 Jefferson wrote “On every question of construction,carry ourselves back to when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates,and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text,or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” Jefferson never sat on the US supreme Court. But his sentiments concerning our Constitution seem reflected in the third edition of the Commentaries on the Constitution by Joseph Story p. viii
as quoted by John Eidsmoe Christianity and the Constitution , Baker Books paperback,1995 p.393 “I have not the ambition to be the author of any new plan of interpreting the theory of the Constitution,or enlarging or narrowing its powers, by ingenious subtleties and learned doubts....it has always appeared to me that metaphysical refinements are out of place. a Constitution of Government is addressed to the common sense of the people and never was designed for trials of logical skill, or visionary speculation.”
Is there any doubt how Jefferson would respond to current abuse of the First amendment?The confusion of the term “congress” with any agent employed by any government dept.—or the grave abuse of the notion of separation of church and state?
Do you have a link for this or did you write it yourself?
I’d like save it in my TJ file if possible but want the proper acknowledgements.
My 2nd biggest hero, right after George Washington.
Such a shame the schools are allowed to diminish his character and accomplishments, but how else are they going to push for wholesale communism but to denigrate all the Founders as greedy, evil, power mad old white men.
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Its a simple questionperhaps so basic that its been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution?
As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger.
We tend to see them as much older than they were, said John Adams biographer David McCullough in a 2005 speech. Because were seeing them in portraits by Gilbert Stuart and others when they were truly the Founding Fatherswhen they were president or chief justice of the Supreme Court and their hair, if it hadnt turned white, was powdered white. We see the awkward teeth. We see the elder statesmen. At the time of the revolution, they were all young. It was a young mansyoung womans cause.
A list of ages of important American Revolution characters seems elementary enough, and certainly easy to assemble, yet I wasnt able to find such a list anywhere I looked. And I dont recall ever stumbling upon such an appendix while researching my book, so I figured Id just make one. This is a list of ages, from youngest to oldest, of key American Revolution figures, providing their age as of July 4, 1776. An asterisk signifies that the individual was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A double asterisk means that there is evidence that the persons age is not precise, or only a birth year is known. If you spot any corrections or recommend any additions, let me know in the comments and Ill continue modifying the original list.
This piece is reprinted from Journal of the American Revolution.
Todd Andrlik is the author of Reporting the Revolutionary War and editor of Journal of the American Revolution.
Jefferson attended church regularly his whole life.
As an adult he served on the Vestry of the Anglican church.
He attended the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist churches.
Jefferson regularly tithed to the church.
While Washington & Adams ended their Presidential Papers with “In the Year of our Lord”, Jefferson ended his Presidential Papers with “In the year of our Lord Christ 18__”.
As President he attended the largest church in the nation which held their services in the House Chambers of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Jefferson was not pleased with the music, so he ordered the Marine Band to come to church on Sundays.
Mark A. Beliles has assembled an impressive list of some of Jefferson’s actions as president.
Promoted legislative and military chaplains.
Established a national seal using a biblical symbol.
Included the word “God” in our national motto.
Established official days of fasting and prayer at the state level.
Punished Sabbath breakers.
Punished marriages contrary to biblical law.
Punished irreverent soldiers.
Protected the property of churches.
Required that oaths be phrased by the words “So help me God” and be sworn on the Bible.
Granted land to Christian schools.
Allowed government property and facilities to be used for worship.
Used the Bible and nondenominational religious instruction in the public schools. He was involved in three different school districts, and the plan in each required that the Bible be taught in our public schools.
Allowed and encouraged clergymen to hold public office.
Funded religious books for public libraries.
Funded salaries for missionaries.
Exempted churches from taxation.
Established professional schools of theology.
Wrote treaties requiring other nations to guarantee religious freedom, including religious speeches and prayer in official ceremonies.
At least two of these quotes are spurious.
Quite possibly more of them are also spurious.
Here’s an interesting article about how to spot probable spurious Jefferson quotes.
That a claimed Jefferson quote was never actually said by him does not mean that the sentiment is untrue, of course, merely that it is not Jeffersonian.
Those three paragraphs should be required reading in every school in America.
How did he do this without an iPad or computer?
He was lucky to have paper and a quill and ink!
meanwhile in Los Angeles the schools are getting more then $1 billion in iPads that will be a continued expense for taxpayers and a nice fat profit for Apple. The kids will still dropout at a 50%+ rate.
Good quotes from a man who was not an Biblical Christian, but the practical wisdom of men in those days was a gift of God to this country.
However, the quote, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” is not yet substantiated as far as i can see.
Status: This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy:
“To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.’” - http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-will-cease-to-exist-quotation