Jefferson, Adams and the Declaration of Independence

With­out Thomas Jef­fer­son and John Adams, Amer­i­cans wouldn’t have the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence (lis­ten to a read­ing here). Rather strange­ly, both men died on the same day, exact­ly fifty years after the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion — July 4, 1826. Quite the fac­toid. Below, we have a clip from HBO’s excel­lent mini series “John Adams,” and here you can see the two men at work on the Dec­la­ra­tion.

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  • Rick says:

    Thomas Jef­fer­son quotes:

    1. “The democ­ra­cy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are will­ing to work and give to those who would not. ” 2. “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.”

    3. “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.”

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

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

    6. “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.”

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

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

    9. “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.”

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