Of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was at the heart of the concepts that govern our Republic. John Fitzgerald Kennedy once quipped at a White House dinner honoring US Nobel Laureates: “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
In a letter to Samuel Kercheval in 1816, Jefferson predicted the socialist state that progressive/statist/altruists have wrought.
“The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management… To preserve independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt…”
“We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the 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, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.”
“This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public… extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments.”
Amen, Brother Jefferson. We failed to heed your words of wisdom and have come to an election where the Party likely to take power will have a ticket headed by either a socialist or a socialist-lite.
And thanks to Golden Gate Minutemen for forwarding this to me.