Friday, April 23, 2010

Thomas Jefferson speaks to 21st Century America


I received these quotes from a coworker today. The quotes come from President Thomas Jefferson. This wisdom is as relevant and apropos today as they were 200+ years ago when first spoken or written. Too bad our current President does not have the ears to hear the salient advice offered by one of his predecessors. I added the topic titles ...

ON URBAN DECAY & LIFE

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as CORRUPT as Europe.”

HOW TO CREATE A WELFARE STATE

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
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PAY-AS-YOU-GO, JOE!

“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.”

DON’T TRADE YOUR LIBERTY FOR SO-CALLED SECURITY

“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.”

REDUCE THE SIZE & SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

INVESTIGATE THE FEDERAL RESERVE
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In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what 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."

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