Oh goodie! At the final hour, a budget deal was hammered out. Our government continues to function. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on who you ask!
The talking heaads of both political parties have their grips firmly on the microphones. Sound bites abound. Tears being shed. Our security threatened. Our military threatened to serve without a scheduled paycheck.
Just what was accomplished? Who won and who lost? Or did the country win out over the long haul? Time will reveal the answer.
My question is, “Where are they?” Where are the statesmen (and stateswomen too) that put the common good of the country over the good of their particular party? Where are the communicators that can make simple sense of the most complicated of issues?
Today, JJ Love of Re/Max Elite in Nashville forwarded an email about Thomas Jefferson to me. I would like to share it with you also, and ask that you pass it on as well. Lets try and find some of these character traits in those we vote for in upcoming elections.
Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early
in life and never stopped.
� 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.
� 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
� 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
� At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George
� 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
� 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 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.”
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
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.
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 is a Thomas Jefferson when you need one? Perhaps this would be a good time for some DNA and cloning research funding. If we could clone Thomas Jefferson, we just might have a chance!