A GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT – THOMAS JEFFERSON
My old friend Emma C sent me this intriguing history lesson. Most of my friends are well aware I have a goal to learn something every day and this more than fulfilled my goal for today. I believe every one will agree Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant American and the following is well worth reading. It is a shame that even I was unaware of most of the facts about Jefferson’s obvious genius as history was still important when I finished high school in 1947. If all Americans cared we might understand how brilliant our founders were in creating our Republic form of government. The sad part is the Progressive-Liberal power-hungry zealots in both the Democrat and Republican party are currently and systematically destroying everything that millions of America have died for to protect our freedoms. I sincerely hope you will take the time to read this, even those people in foreign countries who subscribe to my blog, as it will help explain the differences we have in both governments, opportunities and freedoms. C Brewer
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. His likeness is on our two dollar bill.
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s 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. Also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
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”. He retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence. He began a three-year project to revise Virginia’s legal code and write 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 handed he 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 along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff.
A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
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.”
Factual Jefferson statements.
“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
“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.”
“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.”
Plea for feedback
I wish this could be read by every American who desires to protect our solvency and Republic form of government! it is hard for me to concede that the majority of Americans today desire to change our government to a Socialists Democracy, especially when we are watching Europe self-destruct again. Our President is on the same path using Executive Orders to remove some freedoms, ignore current laws and slowly destroy our Constitution. Why? I beg every American citizen who reads this to at least agree or disagree by commenting on the blog. It will be informational to collect this data and publish a follow-up message to reveal the results. I get negative feedback and filthy accusations on Facebook and by E mail. My biggest disappointment over these past few years is that seldom does anyone take the time to comment on the actual blog where I can share them with over 525 subscribers and explain or rebut your comments. The messages are free and without feedback it is difficult to know what subjects people who read my articles would prefer. C Brewer
It’s a shame we don’t seem to have a “Thomas Jefferson” in government today! If we don’t find one soon I fear for the U.S.A. Really scary that Bernie has been so accepted! Socialist/Progressives keep chipping away and we become more like Europe every day. Wish they would just pack up and leave. Instead they keep on “transforming” us. When you transform something great there’s only one way to go and we are now in free fall! Hang on, it’s going to be a rough ride!
Jack, thanks for your comments. The ride has been rough for me as I expected to live my life out earning interest like my mentors did and advised me to do.
Clyde, I just read your blog! If only we had leaders like Jefferson today or along the way to the mess we have now. Clyde keep up the good writing. Your friend Connie
Clyde, I have read your blog from the first time you informed me of it’s existence.
It only gets better and the latest on Jefferson lists many of his important inputs to shape this wonderful nation. The liberals and demoncrats have pushed down our country so far from the precepts of his and others’ original thinking that it may be too late.
Phil, you have not only been my most loyal reader you set some thresholds for me that made me a better man. You helped unlock my potential that let me achieve every goal I ever set in my life. Your leadership, council, support and encouragement has always motivated me to learn and share my knowledge and experiences with all who wish to improve their lives. Thanks old friend.