Today marks Thomas Jefferson’s 273rd birthday.
He’s lucky he isn’t still alive today, because there’s a lot he would be disgusted with in Washington today.
He was our third President, and had a massive role in the founding of the country. Here are just three reasons why today’s leaders need to learn from Jefferson:
- He was Strongly Pro Gun
You don’t have to dig deep to find quotes from Jefferson praising and affirming our right to keep and bear arms. Here are just a few such quotes:
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824
- The Declaration of Independence
This one is a bit of a no brainier. Jefferson authored the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, which Congress edited and finalized.
Prior to authoring the Declaration, Jefferson stated “Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.”
And the rest of history.
- He Embraced a Small Government Philosophy
Even the Democrats of the past were no where near as far-left as they are today. As the Washington Times states on Jefferson:
The essential Jefferson was clear-cut in terms of the role of government. “Still one thing more, fellow citizens,” he said in his first inaugural address in 1801, “a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, 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.”
Jefferson’s strategy was to cut taxes, slim down government and pay off the national debt.
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