My middle school aged daughter recently remarked to me that they way our government talks sounds a lot like what she is reading about how Rome conquered the unwashed tribes of Britannia. Of course, she’s reading a book by Winston Churchill that our unwashed masses have never heard of. A little education goes a long way, and that made me start thinking about Thomas Jefferson and how sad it is that so few people have taken the opportunity to read some of what he had to say.
I know that most liberal people are hard to break through the shell of, but perhaps you can share one of these quotes with them on Facebook or your blog, and maybe, just maybe, it might plant the smallest seed that they should think harder about things they believe.
All by Thomas Jefferson:
A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
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.
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.