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THOMAS JEFFERSON, GENIUS

Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/09/19 17:29:19

THOMAS JEFFERSON

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.

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

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.
Where are you now, Thomas Jefferson?

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  • Dave 2012/09/19 17:34:55 (edited)
    Dave
    +4
    Although Jefferson was considered a "Liberal" in his time, that label now pretty means the opposite,

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  • Arizona1950 2012/09/23 13:43:43
    Arizona1950
    "Freedom is lost gradually by an uninterested, uninformed and uninvolved people.
    ~ Thomas Jefferson

    "Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • Striker 2012/09/23 03:27:25
    Striker
    The only thing I note missing from that repertoire was not authoring the Constitution, which was done by 56 men in collaboration and gave this government the power of force over both people and the States. None of that was necessary or even prudent.
    Too many cooks spoiled the broth, bringing us to this day of reckoning.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/09/23 03:16:07
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    A very great and smart man.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/20 01:54:47
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    He was a good man that supported the 2nd Amendment and opposed slavery.
  • Catch224u 2012/09/20 00:27:56
    Catch224u
    +2
    One thing for sure, he would not approve of the Federal Government as it is today.
  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/19 21:56:23
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    He was a great man. We could sure use more like him today.
  • Golden Panther 2012/09/19 21:32:59
    Golden Panther
    +2
    Amazing how brilliant Jefferson was and equally amazing is how stupid and lemming-like odumbo's supporters are...do they think they are more astute than old Tom, did they ever read a history book, can they even read?

    Our ancestors had Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, Madison, and Adams...we have odumbo, polousy, Reid, Schumer, and Barney (Fife) Frank. You do the math. Well, enough said, the founding fathers knew more about what end was up than all the nincompoops combined that are driving us into communism, Islam, and racism. The current cretins running the show are evil personified and must be replaced... unless you are okay with saluting the hammer and sickle, bowing to the East and Mecca and are good with with losing all the liberties Jefferson and his crew granted us 236 years ago. No need for proof, I admit it and I approve this message.
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/09/19 18:46:00
    ☆ QueenAline
    +3
    Where are men like hm today? Are they a lost breed?
  • steve tanton 2012/09/19 17:50:55
    steve tanton
    +3
    I would agree. And there are certain advantages of being born wealthy. That being said, it is important to understand as well that God did not pass our brains by socio-economic class, race, ethnicity or color. Neither Booker T. Washington nor George Washington Carver was born in the upper class. And yes, Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite Founding Fathers, no doubt.
  • Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/19 17:45:54
    Quietman   ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    here are some brilliant Jefferson quotes:

    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.

    A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

    To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights o...



    here are some brilliant Jefferson quotes:

    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.

    A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

    To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

    Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

    The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

    Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
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  • ☆ Queen... Quietma... 2012/09/19 18:51:38
    ☆ QueenAline
    +2
    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • Yo'Adri... Quietma... 2012/09/19 20:47:24
  • Dave 2012/09/19 17:34:55 (edited)
    Dave
    +4
    Although Jefferson was considered a "Liberal" in his time, that label now pretty means the opposite,
  • Yo'Adri... Dave 2012/09/19 20:48:43
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +1
    and I'm not my grandfather's democrat either!
  • Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/09/19 17:30:37
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +3
    The visions of our forefathers continue to remind us today to be wary

    of growth government and the great good they

    proclaim to represent.

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