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Thomas Jefferson
By A.M.Johnson


February 19, 2010
Friday AM


From all reflections of current community, National and local awareness, it seems the history of the greatness of America from its founding days is not taught in a manner that is retained by students of public education.

While not quite as old as Thomas Jefferson, I am a study of his historical quotes and enjoy the lessons contained within his, other leaders of that era, as well the other signers of the Constitution.

With the apparent disregard to the consequences of spending what we, as a Nation do not have, the following from Thomas Jefferson is timely. Tragically, it will be ignored.

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the miss-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too...retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance". Thomas Jefferson

Ketchikan, AK

About: "Have a birth certificate for public viewing. Welcome to my school transcripts and welcome a look at my passport."

Received February 13, 2009 - Published February 19, 2010


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