Focus on Thomas Jefferson
dedicated in memoriam to Eyler R. Coates, Sr. and his compilation of Thomas Jefferson quotations on the University of Virginia Website.
If I, Thomas Jefferson,
could respeak today,
1) Choose one quotation from
any of the 2700+ quotations organized in 6 categories with
56 topics listed in the Table
of the Thomas
Jefferson on Politics and Government
First Prize: $500 U.S. Savings Bond
(Category) I (topic) 3 (subtopic) Moral Principles
Jefferson Quotation: "Liberty... is the great parent of science and of virtue and... a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free." --Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Willard, 1789. ME 7:329
Oh give me your scholars
Jan Baldwin, Berlin, MD
Second Prize: $250 U.S. Savings Bond
(Category) VI (topic) 53 (subtopic) Duties of Citizens
Jefferson Quotation: "The man who loves his country on its own account, and not merely for its trappings of interest or power, can never be divorced from it, can never refuse to come forward when he finds that she is engaged in dangers which he has the means of warding off." --Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1797. ME 9:407
On the Brink of War
As a war looms over the nation I love,
Michelle Weller, Dallas, Texas
Third Prize: $100 U.S. Savings Bond
(Category) II (topic) 8 (subtopic) Majority Rule
Jefferson Quotation:The only way a republican government can function, and the only way a people's voice can be expressed to effect a practicable control of government, is through a process in which decisions are made by the majority. This is not a perfect way of controlling government, but the alternatives--decisions made by a minority, or by one person--are even worse and are the source of great evil. To be just, majority decisions must be in the best interest of all the people, not just one faction.
"My Fellow Chads"
I argued that the will of the majority should rule but who would had known that it should be decided by chads to who the majority will be.
The power of the majority to abuse and deny the rights of the minorities has made a mockery of "that all men are created equal".
The balance of power has come to one party that forces all to dance with their tunes, and that no man is created equal until they donate to my campaign fund.
As the four of us look down upon the people of the United States of America, we are seeing the changing faces of this nation. They have become a melting pot of races that have seek to enhance their way of life in our country that the four of us have stood and fought for.
My fellow headsmen have we made any progress in the last 200 years? Is the Republican Party the true majority and should all the chads been counted. What do you say George? Ted has called them "Bully" and Abe is doing a "Four score something.
Stanley Yip, San Francisco, CA