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Nation should take Jefferson’s words to heart

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

By the time you read this, our nation’s birthday, July 4, will be in the rearview mirror.

I marvel at our forefathers. Their insight in creating the documents by which we live today is amazing. An original signer and principal author of the Declaration of Independence is, of course, Thomas Jefferson.

I had never known of his brilliance until I read an excerpt from a comment by former President John F. Kennedy. At a function at the White House, for a group of the brightest minds in our 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.” There is little question that Jefferson was the right man at the right time.

Although I do not possess his eloquence of diction or brilliance of metaphors, I love what this man said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

He further stated, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

My strong belief in the Second Amendment compels me to share two more of his great comments: “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms,” and “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.”

I love his statement, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

Yes, Thomas Jefferson is a voice from the past, and he sure makes good sense today.

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