Thomas Jefferson said … 4

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.

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.

(Thanks to Neil Reinhardt)

Posted under United States by Jillian Becker on Monday, March 29, 2010

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  • Bill

    Thank you for the post.

    Also Thomas Jefferson's second paragraph of the Declaration of independence is worth mentioning. The first couple of sentences followed by these very important words: “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, “

    The U.S. government and many of our state governments have become destructive of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    We have the right to alter or ABOLISH these current governments and replace them with governments that respect our unalienable rights.

    By what method? Does it matter?

  • Cecelia

    I love these quotes, but I always get the rebuttal, “Yeah, and Jefferson owned a bunch of slaves, too.”

    • NoCountryForYoungMen

      Agreed, great quotes… As for the rebuttal yeah you can't argue against that… Jefferson was living off the backs of his slaves so you can't really criticize people who want dependence on the government… otherwise known as living off the taxes of the not so smart hard working rich/upper middle class in exchange for less choice, less motivation/innovation, and more intrusion by the government into your life (the true elite is above the system)… oh and don't forget the 10+% that just disappears. Hopefully in the future we will have robots and greater automation to do the work of slaves. ^^

    • Jillian Becker

      Cecilia – thanks for your comment.

      You could try asking those critics if the statements themselves would be any more cogent or wise if they had been spoken by someone who didn't keep slaves.