Friday, May 7, 2010

Our Straying From Jeffersonian Democracy

There is so much wisdom, and I personally believe, divine inspiration to be found in so many of our founding fathers' thoughts and deeds. It saddens me greatly how far removed we have become as a nation and how little of our country's history we Americans now know and understand.

Having said that, below are some various quotations from our third president and the primary author of our founding document as a nation; The Declaration of Independence. It is amazing how prescient Thomas Jefferson was with his thoughts and insights. Sadly his warnings have not been heeded and the consequences of this are seemingly just as he said they would be for our country.

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

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.
- Thomas Jefferson


Dave Splash said...

Sounds like no one these days is following that last one!

T. Paine said...

You got that right, Splash!

lisa said...

Jefferson was so wise. I love his quotes. Your summation was quite profound.
I believe we may be forced to heed his warnings only when we rise from the ashes.

T. Paine said...

Lisa, I constantly pray that your fears are wrong, but I am afraid that you are right. Our country is quickly careening toward the precipice and it may be too late to stop it now.

lisa said...

I would like to hear reassurance but I keep hearing the opposite from the realists that is.
It's quite a scary scenario to think about.
We already had quite a long shelf life although my hope is for it to continue.