Outsider

…tends to mean you actually come from “outside” something… “That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.” –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. ME 9:441 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You know what’s interesting? All the people in this particular presidential election cycle positioning themselves as “outsiders”. Wealthy […]

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One / Un

…is sometimes all it takes… “So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on earth would you rather live?&—Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest & sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France.” ~Thomas Jefferson, *Autobiography*, 1821 —– […]

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Natural Rights

“Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will.  This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for […]

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Equality

…means that the rights AND the responsibilities apply to everyone equally… “But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, 04 April 1819 ————– There’s a sickness in America.  It is thoroughly attached like a […]

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A Few Good Men

…are hard to find… “To you, then, gentlemen, who are charged with the sovereign functions of legislation, and to those associated with you, I look with encouragement for that guidance and support which may enable us to steer with safety the vessel in which we are all embarked amidst the conflicting elements of a troubled […]

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International Piracy

…you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for, you never know when they’re going to do something incredibly stupid.. “The question is whether their peace or war will be cheapest?  But it is a question which should be addressed to our Honor as […]

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Deadlock

…because expecting our leaders to work together or think their way out of a paper bag is apparently too much to ask… “During the contest of opinion through which we have passed the animation of discussions and of exertions has sometimes worn an aspect which might impose on strangers unused to think freely and to […]

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Differences

…aren’t always as deep as they seem… “But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.  We have called by different names brethren of the same principle.  We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.  If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican […]

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Apologies

…sometimes sorry isn’t good enough… “I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional, and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts.  The approbation implied by your suffrage is a great consolation to me for the past, and […]

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The Show Must Go On

…there’s no business like, well, no business… “Nothing is so embarrassing nor so mischievous in a great assembly as the details of execution. The smallest trifle of that kind occupies as long as the most important act of legislation, and takes place of every thing else.  Let any man recollect, or look over the files […]

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