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Thomas Jefferson



How did Jefferson know?


Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.


· At 5, began studying under his cousins’ tutor.


· At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.


· At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.


· At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.


· At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.


· At 23, started his own law practice.


· At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.


· At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.


· At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.


· At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.


· At 33, took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.


· At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.


· At 40, served in Congress for two years.


· At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.


· At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.


· At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.


· At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.


· At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .


· At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.


· At 61, was elected to a second term as President.


· At 65, retired to Monticello .


· At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.


· At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.


· At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.


Thomas Jefferson knew what he was talking about because he-himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.


He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man.


That happens to be waaay more than what most understand today.  Jefferson really knew his stuff.



A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

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."



When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
 who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

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. 
Thomas Jefferson 

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

Thomas Jefferson

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

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“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.”



I'm doing my part. Please do yours…

 In Memoriam

George Carlin, June 22, age 71: Carlin was flinty and fearless, and ushered in an unflinching era in stand-up comedy. He joked about drugs and the counterculture, and became a hero to them, even as he sent up hippiedom. Among his best-known bits were "The Hippy Dippy Weatherman," who forecast "Tonight: Dark. Continued dark throughout most of the evening, with some widely scattered light towards morning." He also had a (still-unprintable) memorable bit, the "Seven Dirty Words" that resulted in a landmark Supreme Court case, which unfortunately didn't find for Carlin and his ability to say those words on public radio. He was a frequent host and guest on "The Tonight Show " toured tirelessly and recorded frequent comedy specials, the last of which, "It's Bad for Ya," aired this past March on HBO. In November, Carlin was to become the first posthumous recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. And somehow, one thinks Twain would have loved most of Carlin's material: "Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof ... and gets stuck."

George Carlin on age.
(Absolutely Brilliant)


George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life.  You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!!
You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'

Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

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