Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thomas Jefferson once said...

One man with courage is a majority.

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.

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

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.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
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So, I wonder ... do the men of today listen to the voices of the past?

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