Former Marylander, patriot, and forever friend, Mary, who now resides in Monroe, Virginia, sent this message: “I feel so honored to live in the area where Thomas Jefferson lived and spend his 83 years shaping this country. I am less than ten miles from his Summer Plantation—Poplar Forest —and 20 miles from Monticello, in Charlottesville. There is so much beauty and history here.
“Jefferson understood history; the nature of God; the human nature of man; and government."
Here are some quotes she shared from the discerning Mr. Jefferson, whose keen judgment and insight are even more prescient today:
"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."
Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States (March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1809). Source: Wikipedia
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas 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."
"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."
"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."
As Mary said, “If only we had a few more men like Jefferson in our government today.”
June Smith founded this tribute website in honor of her late husband, Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy Award winner, and Baltimore Sun Columnist. Smith was a media titan in Maryland and beyond or almost forty years. Mrs. Smith is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. She blogs for Red Maryland www.RedMaryland.Blogspot.com; her email is email@example.com.