Friday, September 16, 2011

Insights from Thomas Jefferson

I read this this morning, and am amazed at the wisdom our Founding Fathers had.  Oh, that our leaders had this kind of wisdom today.  Read, ponder, and enjoy!  Have a great weekend, too!  Linda

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities,
as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away
from those who are willing to work and give to those
who would not."
"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."
"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."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad
government results from too much government."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"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."
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the
propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors
is sinful and tyrannical."
And in 1802 Thomas Jefferson said: "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."
  Submitted by Charles Smith

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