Saturday, December 09, 2006

I really admire Thomas Jefferson...

I used a quote from this letter he wrote to Thomas Paine in reference to a situation brewing out there in the blogosphere on my local blog but I wanted to share with you this letter because I do truly believe that many of our founding fathers gave us such great advice that we should not forget...

I received with great pleasure the present of your pamphlets, as well for the thing itself as that it was a testimony of your recollection. Would you believe it possible that in this country there should be high & important characters who need your lessons in republicanism, & who do not heed them? It is but too true that we have a sect preaching up & pouting after an English constitution of king, lords, & commons, & whose heads are itching for crowns, coronets & mitres. But our people, my good friend, are firm and unanimous in their principles of republicanism & there is no better proof of it than that they love what you write and read it with delight. The printers season every newspaper with extracts from your last, as they did before from your first part of the Rights of Man. They have both served here to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to prove that tho' the latter appears on the surface, it is on the surface only. The bulk below is sound & pure. Go on then in doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword: shew that reformation is more practicable by operating on the mind than on the body of man, and be assured that it has not a more sincere votary nor you a more ardent well-wisher than Yrs.

2 comments:

Hooda Thunkit said...

Lisa,

Yep, ole Tommy boy had a way with words, and his head and heart were both in the right place too.

I speak of the founding fathers with familiarity because I'd like to believe that their spirits are alive in our time and in some fashion and that we may meet and exchange ideas along the way.

Me4Prez said...

TJ is still my main man. Unfortunately I think that his words go over the heads of many people and they don't bother to read them with the intent of understanding them. And like the Bible, people today also only pick and choose what they like. I have read the most about Washington, TJ, Lincoln, FDR, and Teddy Roosevelt because they are ones I see as most responsible for the American experiment making it this far. I do like Truman, but for the way he shaped foreign policy