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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Thomas Jefferson

AN AWESOME REMINDER TO EVERY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS HIM/HERSELF AN "AMERICAN


 
How did Jefferson know?  Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
  • At 5, began studying under his cousins' 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 Pat rick 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 what he was talking about 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."


Some noteable quotes:  
  • 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 government.
  •  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."
 That's something to think about, especially in light of the Federal Reserve's current policies.  Keep in mind...Mr. Jefferson founded the Democratic Party...a party that has wandered far from his principles today.

 

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