PSA-171130-A Wise Man Said

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Thomas Jefferson
 
His Portrait is on the Two $2.00
Dollar Bill.
 
Thomas 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.
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” 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 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-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 “
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
 
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.”

No Finer Man

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I always wondered about Thomas Jefferson, and what kind of man he was. My first exposure to him came when I watched a movie titled 1776. The first time I visited Washington D.C. I was in a hurry and short cut visiting the Jefferson memorial because it was too far off the Mall. Then I began reading his biographies, and learned a lot. My final exposure came when I visited Monticello Jefferson’s home in Virginia. Monticello blew me away with information, and I bought another biography. All I can say is that we are lucky to have had such a learned and wise man involved in the founding of the United States of America.

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Here is a list of Jefferson accomplishments. For all the Liberals who read this, please forget about making him a racist for owning slaves and for having a black slave mistress. Those facts are all a matter of public record, and his relationships with slaves were totally acceptable at the time. We are two hundred and forty years away from those events and certainly evolution has changed the way we handle black and white relationships. If you still harbor ill feeling toward the man it can only be because you are too immature to move forward in a positive manner.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON, SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL KNOW!
How many people even have a clue about this man in today’s world? Not just the personal information but what he did for this country, and most of all what he foresaw in the future for this country. You may ask yourself; How could he foresee what would happen in the future? Very basic answer; he knew history and had experienced history, and he understood mankind!
So read this and see for yourself, then forward so hopefully some more people will get enlightened.
There are two parts.
Be sure to read the 2nd part (RED).
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, he began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, he studied classical literature and several languages.
At 16, he entered the College of William and Mary.
Also he could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 19, he studied law for 5 years under George Wythe.
At 23, he started his own law practice.
At 25, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, he wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, he was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, he took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, he was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, he served in Congress for two years.
At 41, he was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, he served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, he was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, he was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, he retired to Monticello.
At 80, he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, he almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, he died, along with John Adams, on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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.
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.” –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
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.”

The Goal Was Not To Lose

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My latest book is not fiction, it is history. Specifically, Revolutionary Summer deals with the short period of May through September of 1776. Joseph Ellis does a remarkable job of chronicling the people and the events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. One thing that impressed me is the significant role played by John Adams in orchestrating the separation of the American Colonies from the British Empire. Most of us like to believe that Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, but it was John Adams who master minded the Declaration and Jefferson who translated Adams ideas into words. There is a wonderful movie covering this same subject called “1776.”

This story depicts the difficult task ahead of George Washington as he leads the Continental Army, a band of amateurs, against the élite and experienced British military. Washington makes a critical mistake at the beginning of the war when he encamped his entire army on Manhattan Island in New York. The British fleet arrives with thirty thousand men, and also lands on the island. The armada of ships loaded with firepower and supplies lay just off the shore ready on a moments notice to move to where ever they would be needed.

Washington’s biggest task is to avoid being annihilated, and/or captured. He wrestles with losing his honor and that of his army because he knows the practical thing to do is to retreat from the island to the mainland.

I saw similarities to 1776 and 2013 while reading this story. An unorganized, untrained, poorly armed band of zealots stand-off against the world’s most powerful country. In my mind I see a band of Tea Party Patriots and Militias standing tall against the world’s largest, strongest , and richest country. Maybe it won’t happen in my lifetime, but we are on a track to having to stand up for what we believe. Our first line of attack is through the ballot box knowing that if that does not work, the next step will be . . .

The Bias Is Too Obvious

Just what is “legitimate media?” I thought all media like TV, radio, cable, newsprint, magazines, and even websites are legitimate according the First Amendment of the Constitution. Somehow, President Obama and Vice President Biden believe otherwise. To them “legitimate means under their control.”

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I have friends and relatives who believe only the mainstream news outlets. They have sated themselves on the Kool-aid generously poured for them by our government. Does anyone remember Jim Jones? He was a cult leader who gave new meaning to Kool-aid. In 1978 he led a colony of believers to establish Jonestown in the jungles of Guyana in South America where the First Amendment rights do not apply. There he fed his followers the message he wanted them to hear. He controlled them completely.

Things went horribly wrong when an US Congressman visited Jonestown after hearing some of his constituents were being held against their will. The thought of losing his tiny empire to the US Government caused Jones to panic.  Again, he controlled the message. He told his followers that the US would come from out of the sky to murder their babies. Not having any other information his followers believed him. He ultimately talked them into the only solution he had, “revolutionary suicide.” Over 900 people died.

The USA is far from revolutionary suicide, but these things begin small and evolve into ideas and movements that become mainstream. Ultimately, the tighter gun control regulations will evolve into gun registrations, then gun confiscation, and finally annihilation of non-believers.

Obama’s media, those in his pocket, are helping him control the message.

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“I am… for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.” –Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1799. ME 10:78

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It is my opinion that editors and reporters working in the main-stream media are not capable of separating themselves from their own personal politics. Their bias is too obvious and as such they lose their arguments to readers who can think and reason. They legitimate media feed us the “Kool-aid” being supplied to them from the Minister of Public Announcements.

Once a listener has heard a message often enough he begins to believe it. I admit that I listen to only conservative media, I like the message. I believe the message, I am an apostle of the conservative message. My own conversion to conservatism began shortly after I graduated from college. Until that time, I followed the democrat line my parents followed. I’ve said it many times before, my parents registered as democrats, but lived a conservative life. They believed what their neighbors and bosses told them, “the democrats are for the working man.”  They didn’t have a clue about how the democrats did that, but my dad believed it nonetheless, and voted for whoever his boss told them to vote for, and my mom voted for whoever my dad told her to vote for. It is the  democrat way.

My conversion came from discussions with a fellow engineer. Joe De Maris was two years older than me, but his arguments about the virtues of conservatism made sense. I began to see how the principles were the same ones my  parents lived by. Joe introduced me to Barry Goldwater the then Senator from Arizona. By Joe’s recommendation, I read Senator Goldwater’s book “Conscience of a Conservative.” Goldwater’s words convinced me that I am a conservative.

I also lived through Hitler’s annihilation of six million Jews during WWII, the Cold War, and watched the grand experiment of Socialism conducted by Joe Stalin, and his method of slaying non-believers to get his constituents to fall in line. By the time I came out of the closet as a conservative, I knew Socialism was not the way I wanted to live.

Even though Joe outed me, I fell for the message conveyed by John Kennedy. I voted for him, then I fell for the Jimmy Carter, I voted for him. Both times I really thought I was doing the right thing. Although I had mixed feelings about Carter. He won because his opponent was Gerald Ford the Blame-Bush candidate of the time. Ford was also the only president ever to hold the office without running for it or being voted for. Then Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned. President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford to fill the VP spot. Then Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment over the Watergate scandal.

As a side note, it is also my opinion that the Watergate scandal was kindergarten stuff compared to what Benghazi-gate is, and our current president is skating free on that one because of the legitimate media is too lazy and incapable of reporting and asking real questions. Instead, they accept the line being fed to them from the Minister of Public Announcements. It was the legitimate media reporters Woodward and Bernstein from the Washington Post who investigated and relentlessly went for Nixon’s throat. Today, these guys are heroes. Who will be the legitimate hero of Benghazi-gate?

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Wake Up, and See the Light

God Blesses America

This election cycle has awakened us to the prospect of losing America. We are just a few weeks away from the possibility of changing and transforming the USA (United States of America) into the USSA (United Socialist States of America).

What I sense from listening and watching the pundits and the people around the country is that we are a divided nation, much like we were in 1860’s.  Back then though, God blessed us with a leader who understood the meaning of the Constitution, and Liberty for All. He stood firm to keep the States united in spite of popular opinion in one part of the country. He understood that all men must be free, not just the privileged. He fixed the hard problem of freeing slaves; a problem the Founders kept in order to create the greater good, i.e. the United States.

Today, we face a leader who doesn’t believe that all Men are created equal, “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  (The Declaration of Independence.) President Obama believes rights to be a notion and not an unalienable right from God.

Obama adds one more right into this mix, i.e. the right to an equal outcome.

There are absolutely no references of any kind within the Declaration of Independence that point at “equal outcomes” Those words come instead from the manifesto of Karl Marx. Equal outcomes are at the expense of unequal rights, and that puts equal outcomes in direct contradiction to the Declaration of Independence, because God gave us unalienable rights to Liberty and to Pursue Happiness. Of course if you are a Godless person, this is hard to accept.

I believe God is awakening America to the scourge of Progressivism, but we have a long way to go to hear Him. In the meantime we must pray the entire country sees the light soon.

We Must Practice What He Preached

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I love Thomas Jefferson. He is a model of conservatism. This list spells out his life and his wisdom. Every kid in the USA should memorize the brilliant quotes below. 

This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part (in RED), which is his advice.

 Thomas 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 ReligiousFreedom.

 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-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 .” — 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

 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.”

In Pursuit of Reason

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During a recent vacation trip, Grandma Peggy and I visited Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The visit is on my list of things to do and see sometimes called a “bucket list.”

We enjoyed every moment of our time there. I love touring mansions, and this house is definitely a mansion. Jefferson spent a lot of his energy and time designing and building Monticello. His ideas for the layout are definitely unique. The level of detail within the rooms is amazing. Jefferson loved science and incorporated many slick little features to make his dream house work for him. For example, the twin doors separating the living area from the main entry hall  has a unique feature. One has only to open a single door, and the matching unit swings open automatically. The right hand door is independently actuated by the one on the left. The mechanism is completely hidden from view. The door opens as if by magic. As we walked up the stairs to the entry, I noticed a dial on the ceiling rotating to and fro. The letters N,S,E,W encircled the dial. Above the porch, on the roof  a weather vane danced with the wind. The dial on the porch ceiling danced in unison. All the man had to do is to look out at his porch ceiling to find which direction the wind came from. Useful? Perhaps, but certainly novel.

During the tour of the house, A peculiar device jumped out at me. We were in his office. There, placed on his writing desk sat a pantograph. The guide explained that Jefferson wrote many letters and made a copy of everything he wrote. The pantograph was his copy machine. SInce he saved copies of his writings, Historians have a trove of material to research.

While in the museum bookstore, search the racks for a biography. Another item on my bucket list is to read the biographies of the presidents. I had started with Jefferson years ago, but the book wasn’t readable. It was one of few I never completed. There were many biographies on the rack. Choosing the right one seemed impossible. Grandma Peggy pulled one down, looked at the price and said, “how about this one?” I took it from her without examining the jacket. The book titled “The pursuit of Reason, The Life of Thomas Jefferson,” by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr. turned into one of my best historical reads.

Cunningham’s style and my reading taste coincided completely. I found reading easy and entertaining. The one negative is that the print is small. Even though the book is three-hundred and fifty pages it took me as long to read as a five-hundred page novel. One of the biggest impressions Cunningham left on me was the parallel between Jefferson’s problems, during his two terms in office as President, with those of current affairs. He served as the third president. Only Washington and Adams served before him, yet one of his major concerns was the effort by the Federalist party to disregard the Constitution. In fact, Jefferson himself had problems adhering rigidly to the Constitution. During his negotiations to buy Louisiana from France, he realized the need for an amendment.  At the same time, he knew an amendment would need two or more years to realize. He feared losing the deal, and took it upon himself  to use the executive power of the office to buy the land extending to the Mississippi.

Jefferson wrestled the slavery issue from the time he authored the Declaration throughout his political career, but in his personal life he owned slaves and did not emancipate them. His daughter inherited the slaves upon his death. He spoke of emancipation often, but always pushed the problem to a younger generation. In other words, he kicked the can down the road. Where have we heard that before?

I am glad I read this book. My respect for Thomas Jefferson increased by one-hundred fold. He is a bigger man than I imagined.

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