THOMAS JEFFERSON PATRIOT STATESMAN
By: Edward P. Shallow
I like to acknowledge the many mentors I have who take the time to provide material that enable me to author editorials that will counteract the liberal media, both print and electronic.
I am pleased to inform Cape Cod Ellie has provided the material for this editorial; I have known Ellie for several years and can affirm she is a God and Country Patriot.
The subject is Thomas Jefferson.
Consider this Jeffersonian quote and how prophetic and appropriate when applied to what is transpiring in America today:
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
Another Jefferson quote that is indicative of the Obama administration, and is responsible for America’s decline today: “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
Thomas Jefferson was a remarkable man who began his learning very early in life and never stopped.
At five, he began studying under his cousin’s tutor. At nine, he studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, he studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, he entered the College of William and Mary. At 19, he studied Law for 5 years. Starting under George Wythe. At 23, he started his own law practice. At 25, he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 31, he wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice. At 32, he was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress. At 33, he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
While still at age 33, he took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, he was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry. At 40, he served in Congress for two years.
At 41, he was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, he served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 55, he drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.
At 57, he was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, he obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, he was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, he retired to Monticello.
At 80, he helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, he almost sing handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, he died, on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
In a tribute to Thomas Jefferson, 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.”
Given that U. S. History is no longer taught in America’s public schools, readers are advised to use this tribute to a great American patriot as a learning tool for their children and grand children.
Again, my thanks go out to Cape Cod Ellie for providing this historical treasure.