I wanted to do this thread about one of my heros. Thomas Jefferson has been one of my heros since I was a boy in grade school. He wrote the
Declaration of Independance, And had a hand in the formation of the Constitution.
I have always thought him a brilliant man who was bad with money. I didn't want to get into his biography as this is about some of the things that he
said, but for those who want to know more about him, here is a link to a biography of him.
Thomas Jefferson Bio
Here is the link for the quotes which I would like to discuss.
Quotes of Thomas Jefferson
The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.
This is one of my favorite quotes attributited to him. I think that he foresaw that there would someday be a need for the Second Amendment. There is
also this quote.
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
Clearly he saw the need for an armed citizenery.
The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.
I think that this one illistrates how he felt about big government.
Most bad government has grown out of too much government.
Here is another one.
I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious
He was a lover of liberty. He has many comments on Liberty. Here is my favorite.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
In relation to the first few quotes I posted above, There is this one. He saw the need for the citizens to have the right to defend themselves from
not only their government which could turn tyrannical but from the common criminal. This is him quoting some one else.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things
worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked
with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)
Jefferson believed strongly in the right of the people to rebel against their government when, said government oversteps it's duty to the people.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong
will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy,
the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that
this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What
signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is
its natural manure.
Then there is this one.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when
wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
He also had a common man's wisdom.
In matters of style, swim with the current;In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
I think that this one could relate to the MSM of today. Wouldn't you agree?
These are a few of the many quotes that are attributed to Jefferson. I believe that he may have been one of the wisest of the founding fathers. That
of coarse is just my humble opinion.
I think that he foresaw some of the problems that we, today, face with our government. He didn't like government , but I think that he saw a need for
it. Perhaps he even saw our governments meddeling in other countries affairs.
If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
I believe, ATS, He even said, Deny Ignorance.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thanks for reading this thread. I look forward to your comments.