ARLIN REPORT QUOTE OF THE DAY


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“Where is our nation headed if we don’t take action?   Listen to the words and warnings  given to us by our Founders!”

Here are some quotes from the greatest of all:  Words we should be paying attention to especially today.

“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.”
— Thomas Jefferson


“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

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3 thoughts on “ARLIN REPORT QUOTE OF THE DAY”

  1. As usual, we agree on a fair number of the principles you share, but at least some of these quotes aren’t actually from Jefferson.

    http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/spurious-quotations

    Don’t worry. If anything, the other side does it, too. Business Insider did a decent job of poking some fun at the lefties too in a quick version of a TJ quotes fact-check. The basic idea is that if we take what seems like a really fine idea to us and find a way to put those words in someone’s else’s mouth, someone amazing and historical that commands the kind of respect probably most of us in the present never will, then those fine ideas will have just that much more power. The problem is that when those fine idea quotes turn out to not be truly quotes, then the opposition gets to latch onto the other side’s dishonesty or laziness or whatever other easy target they want instead of addressing the actual content of the fine idea.

    Jefferson is an excellent candidate for these kinds of quotes because he actually said so many incredible things and doesn’t fit nice and tidy into our present artificial 2-party breakdown of seeing things. And of those things he said, there’s much today’s left would rather he hadn’t actually said, for instance, on the issue of nullification.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullification_%28U.S._Constitution%29

    On the other hand, there’s also plenty of things Jefferson said that the right would rather he hadn’t, I’m sure:

    Separation of church and state:

    http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

    Declares himself an Epicurean:

    http://www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/jefflet.html

    Even then, his views are intentionally hard to pin down:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson_and_religion

    He was indeed one of our greatest Founding Fathers. As for me, the thing I respect most about him, regardless of what side he took on any issue, was that he lived a zealous pursuit of truth which caused him to take the difficult path of questioning everything, even faith, and should be a hero to every freethinker.

    Keep up the good fight!

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