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Monday, February 18, 2008

 

presidents day

Without a doubt, my favorite president was Thomas Jefferson. He was the 3rd president. He wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was the biggest champion of representative democracy and individual right. He wrote the founding principles of America that we have yet to live up to. (certainly this administration ahs lost its way)

He wasn't perfect. He could be criticized for a few things. But his philosophy, of what this country could and should be, surpasses that of any other president. And really, really should be required reading

Quotes of Thomas Jefferson: (compare this to the rhetoric spouted by current politicians)

[The] best principles [of our republic] secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.

Delay is preferable to error.

One man with courage is a majority.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

If God is just, I tremble for my country.

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

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