Skip to comments.Washington in 2010: Bribery and scheming and corruption, oh my!
Posted on 03/23/2010 11:21:50 AM PDT by James H. Shott
Most Americans know who Thomas Jefferson was. He was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most influential of the founders of this nation. He was Governor of Virginia, the first Secretary of State of the United States, and the nations third president, serving eight years beginning in 1801. As a major figure in the founding of the United States of America he fully understood the reasons the colonies split from Great Britain, and his beliefs were fairly representative of the people of the times who decided the oppressive and tax-crazed British government was destructive of the freedoms the Creator intended for human beings.
Mr. Jefferson had a lot to say about the form of government that best allows people to live in freedom, and one of his most famous quotes is, That government is best which governs the least ...
Sometime before he died in 1826 he said, I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labour of the industrious. If he believed that statement was true in or before 1826, what do you suppose he would think today?
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