Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thomas Jefferson - Right or Wrong

A fellow two-time “March on Washington” friend of mine, Bruce Cerrone, sent me a piece on the major accomplishments and quotes of Thomas Jefferson. I agree with President Kennedy who considered Jefferson a genius. I contend Jefferson was also a prophet of uncanny accuracy.

Jefferson said “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not.” Anyone who could not site a long list of this happening since the days of President Johnson, and enhanced on steroids under President Obama, should not bother reading anything I write.

Jefferson said, “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principal which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Wow! What a radical thought. I guess President Obama was too busy reading the likes of James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power to study Jefferson. As the dollar continues to plummet, our nation becomes weaker. It is only a matter of time before this emboldens a foreign power to test us. China attacks Taiwan? Russia invades Georgia? North Korea attacks South Korea? Iran, Syria and Egypt overrun Israel? For those under 30 who were not home schooled, I was referring to Georgia the country, not Georgia the state. That would be a few years down the road.

Jefferson, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Ronald Reagan must have read the same history. Perhaps this helps explain why every Mayor of Detroit for the past half-century were Democrats (how has that worked out for you Detroit?). It was reported this past week that 47% of the citizens of Detroit are functionally illiterate. This occurred in spite of our spending roughly $3,000 more per student than the national average. I suspect few 2011 Detroit high school graduates will be attending the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Abortion, subsidies to terrorist nations, ACORN (by any name), Fannie May… fill in your own favorites. The choices are many. Oh, did you see that Fannie May is now asking the government (us) for an additional $8.5 billion in aid! That would bring the total to nearly $100 billion. Isn’t that just wonderful? Everyone in America has the “right” to own a home, regardless of their ability to pay for it. Just take the money from Fannie May and let them replace it with Obama Stash.

Jefferson also said that, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” On this, I pray Jefferson is proven wrong. We will see come November 2012.

Glen A. Amos