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- Budgets December 20, 2012
The Republicans keep harping on the fact that Congress hasn’t passed a budget in three years. Does it matter? What is a budget anyway? A budget is just a piece of paper (well a document whether on paper in 1s and 0s stored in a computer somewhere.) A budget is a plan, a projection, a ...
- Being innocent December 20, 2012
Being “innocent” is not sufficient to qualify one to own a gun … or it shouldn’t be.
Rights come with responsibilities. If you don’t accept the responsibility then you give up the right and that includes the right to own a gun. Responsibilities may not be specified by law, but they still exist.
- Why Bother? December 20, 2012
What we need now is a ban on the sale and possession of weapons that are only good for mass murder. You don’t need a 50 caliber machine gun or a rifle that can fire 100 bullets a minute to hunt ducks or deer. If you do, you should give up hunting.
- Optimism November 8, 2012
Perhaps the future is not as bleak as it appears. I started thinking about what happened in this election year and remembering some things that may have been glimpses of reality that went unnoticed.
- Jefferson on Religion November 7, 2012
Jefferson had no use for religious
leaders and many times in his letters made it clear religion should be a private affair and and be kept out of politics and that the only way to know a person’s true religious
beliefs was by how they lived, not by what they said.
“… the priests indeed have ...
- Jefferson on Change November 7, 2012
to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816
Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that ...
- Thomas Jefferson on Private Property November 5, 2012
This may come as a shock to a lot of conservatives. Just one more example of the “Socialist” tendencies of the founding fathers
. Thomas Jefferson
ranked Locke, https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/property/2006/11/thomas_jefferso.html) along with Locke’s compatriot Algernon Sidney, as the most important thinkers on liberty. (http://www.thefreemanonline.org/features/john-locke-natural-rights-to-life-liberty-and-property/) But he changed Locks words (“Life, Liberty, and Property”) to “Life, Liberty, and ...
- Thomas Jefferson to William Henry Harrison November 4, 2012
Thomas Jefferson to William Henry Harrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison)
Our system is to live in perpetual peace with the Indians, to cultivate an affectionate attachment from them, by everything just and liberal which we can do for them within the bounds of reason, and by giving them effectual protection against wrongs from our own people. The decrease of ...
- Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Hawkins November 4, 2012
“… I consider the business of hunting as already become insufficient to furnish clothing and subsistence to the Indians. The promotion of agriculture, therefore, and household manufacture, are essential in their preservation, and I am disposed to aid and encourage it liberally. … In truth, the ultimate point of rest & happiness for them is to ...
- Thomas Jefferson, to his grandchildren, March 2 November 4, 2012
I love this one. A letter from the President of the united states
, to his grandchildren.
I am very happy to find that two of you can write. I shall now expect that whenever it is inconvenient for your papa and mama to write, one of you will write on a piece of paper these words `all ...
- Thomas Jefferson To Dr. JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, March, 21, 1801 November 4, 2012
What an effort, my dear Sir, of bigotry in Politics & Religion have we gone through! The barbarians really
flattered themselves they should be able to bring back the times of Vandalism, when ignorance put everything into the hands of power & priestcraft. All advances in science were proscribed as innovations. They pretended to praise ...
- Thomas Jefferson To Dr. Joseph Priestley, Jan. 27, 1800 November 4, 2012
“… The Gothic idea that we are to look backwards instead of forwards for the improvement of the human mind, and to recur to the annals of our ancestors for what is most perfect in government, in religion & in learning, is worthy of those bigots in religion & government, by whom it has been ...
- Thomas Jefferson To Elbridge Gerry, Jan. 26, 1799 November 4, 2012
“… I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another: for freedom of the press, & against all violations of the constitution to silence by force & not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct ...
- The purpose to life October 1, 2012
There are 2 kinds of people in the world:
One type are those who believe
that the only purpose, the only reason, the only goal in life is the pursuite of the all-mighty dollar and that the only meaningful measure of success is the dollar and how much of it one can accumulate durring their ...
- Australian fire devil September 28, 2012
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