Jefferson the Amazing
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped. Psychologists specializing in the field of human intelligence agree, based on his scholastic endeavors and overall accomplishments, his IQ exceeded that of Einstein’s.
Here is a partial list of his many accomplishments:
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Jefferson the Politician
Thomas Jefferson knew how best to create a government because he himself studied the many previous attempts at government, especially those which failed. He understood actual history, the nature of God, God’s laws, and the nature of man. Jefferson understood far more about people and governments back then than do nearly all elected officials today.
Jefferson really knew his stuff!
Furthermore, his wisdom remains as relevant today as it was then, for one simple fact: Technology changes. People do not.
His is a voice from the past, as capable of leading us into future today as it was in leading our newly founded country into the 19th Century.
If you’re still unsure of Jefferson’s genius, I ask that you consider the following example, from another genius who lead us into the Space Age:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the 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.”
Jefferson the Scholar
Thomas Jefferson was not only a prolific scholar, but a prolific writer, as well. Consider the follow quotes from his quill:
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .” Thomas Jefferson
“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
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
“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.” – 1802
As we search high and low for answers plaguing our nation today, crippled as it is by ignorant and untenable idealism, the one thing we should remember above all else is that while technology changes, the nature of people and government do not. History is rife with examples of what works, what doesn’t, and why. As Einstein himself remarked, repeated the same experiment over and over while expecting different results is insane.
It’s time we, as a nation, grow beyond the insanity. We need to stop trying to reinvent the wheel, and simply apply the hard-won lessons learned throughout the millennia of recorded history. If there’s any legacy we might leave behind for all time, it’s that ours is the generation that finally got it right, that shortly after dawn in the 21st Century, humankind once and for all time, finally threw off its would-be dictators and those who sought to profit at the sweat of man’s brow, and returned to the proven and time-honored principles of sound government.
Those principles are well-established in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights and the other Amendments.
Our generation faces myriads of challenges which require our inventiveness. Our form of government, however is not among those challenges. The only challenge we face today is how best to return our government to the successful model as established by our Founding Fathers, that of a small government, sized to provide for the basic needs as proscribed in the Constitution, yet one which leaves all other matters up to the states, also as proscribed by the Constitution, as well as our 10th Amendment.