Thursday, January 15, 2015

What Thomas Jefferson Did. What He Accomplished and Why It Matters

What Thomas Jefferson Did.  What He Accomplished and Why It Matters

Thomas Jefferson, who was he?

His Portrait is on the Two
Dollar Bill.  Of course it is...

When I read this online I was blown away by who this man was, what he did and why he did it.  What impressed me the most is how much these men reflect what men/women can become and how we, as a society keep ourselves and our kids in a state of extended childhood decades beyond the time when we should become real men and women who get things done like Thomas Jefferson.  The sad truth is that we have not only become lazy but the neoteny (the inappropriate extension of childhood) begins with the public school system which is designed to stunt growth and not educate children in many important disciplines - areas of study critical to success in life.  Class work that is completely left out of the curriculum. The scary thing is that teachers buy into the current system lock stock and barrel.  They do not protest even when they are aware of the abuse, dumbing down, a national curse handed down by the German Prussian system of education that has infected the educational systems of so many countries but especially it has warped and perverted real education in the United States.  The work of John Taylor Gatto elaborates on this fact.

  What you may never had known about this amazing man and why you will feel totally dumbed down when you finish reading the below text is that you have been denied the educational excellence and training that you were entitled to.  Are we dumbed down?  Read on and decide for yourself.  Jefferson had me beat at age seven.

Thomas Jefferson started learning very
early in life and never stopped.

At 5,  studied under his cousin's 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.
Also could write in Greek with one hand
while writing the same in Latin with the other.

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Jefferson knew human psychology society and what the human being really is at its core 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 way 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

"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."

"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

"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 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."

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

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

"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

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