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July 4th - tempered by words of warning from Thomas Jefferson

The following are selected quotes by Thomas Jefferson that are as applicable today as they were during his lifetime:

“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

“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.”

In 1802 Thomas Jefferson also said:

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.

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.

What this nation now most desperately needs are men and women who possess the character, wisdom and courage to heed and follow the words of those who created the representative republic that they envisioned as the United States of America.

Happy 4th of July!

Lee Walton

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