Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’

Roots Of America: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

March 16, 2015

Roots Of America: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

John Adams had a strong and argumentative personality that could irritated others. Yet, he was noted for his integrity and great loyalty to America. He was an amazing talented man who made monumental personal sacrifices to help construct America’s Constitutional Republic.

Once close allies, Adams and Thomas Jefferson became bitter political opponents. However, in their later years there was a reconciliation and they again became very close old friends, as documented through their many letters to each other.

Adams and Jefferson were the last of America’s living Founding Fathers.

History records an amazing coincidence:

“After his presidency, Adams lived quietly with Abigail on their family farm in Quincy, where he continued to write and to correspond with his friend Thomas Jefferson. Both Adams and Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of American independence. Adams’s last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.’ ”

Adams did not know that Jefferson had died five hours earlier.

I think you will enjoy the following video and article about John Adams.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thomas-jefferson-and-john-adams-die

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 3/16/15

More Guns For Law-Abiding Citizens=Fewer Murders: Old News

July 15, 2014

More Guns For Law-Abiding Citizens=Fewer Murders: Old News

Our Founding Father’s designed the 2nd Amendment to allow the voting citizenry to protect itself from the emergence of a tyrannical government. Voting citizens have the right to vote tyranny out of their lives. Failing that, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other early patriots would have urged the citizens of America to rise-up, take-up their arms if necessary, and replace the government in order to again achieve their liberty from governmental subjugation.

This is the hard truth and God forbid it would ever have to come to that.

I believe our Founding Fathers also understood that when good citizens are armed it is a natural guard against the predatory behavior of violent criminals among the peaceful and the frail.

Regardless, on this last point, the truth has been demonstrated over and over again in real-time.

This reality will set you free from fear and irrational vulnerability, but first it will make liberals, progressives and socialist-communists miserable.

Once again (for the umpteenth time) the more guns for law-abiding citizens, the fewer murders.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/10/what-one-recent-study-found-about-murder-rates-and-concealed-carry-permits-is-likely-to-make-gun-owners-smile/

V. Tom Mawhinney, 7/15/14

I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian # 8

July 2, 2013

Key Concepts of Libertarianism

By

David Boaz

January 1, 1999

Quote:

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

The Virtue of Production. Much of the impetus for libertarianism in the seventeenth century was a reaction against monarchs and aristocrats who lived off the productive labor of other people. Libertarians defended the right of people to keep the fruits of their labor. This effort developed into a respect for the dignity of work and production and especially for the growing middle class, who were looked down upon by aristocrats. Libertarians developed a pre-Marxist class analysis that divided society into two basic classes: those who produced wealth and those who took it by force from others. Thomas Paine, for instance, wrote, “There are two distinct classes of men in the nation, those who pay taxes, and those who receive and live upon the taxes.” Similarly, Jefferson wrote in 1824, “We have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” Modern libertarians defend the right of productive people to keep what they earn, against a new class of politicians and bureaucrats who would seize their earnings to transfer them to nonproducers.

End of Quote:

This quote contains a useful political science history lesson.

As a psychologist, I cannot help but think of the Law of Effect. It states flatly that consequences control behavior. For example, when the take taxes from responsible and productive people and given them to those who are irresponsible and unproductive, we get a growing underclass of irresponsible and unproductive citizens.

It is amazingly ignorant that the voting public cannot see this. It is devious and criminal that liberal/progressive politicians knowingly feed this growing underclass of irresponsible and unproductive voters in order to secure their political futures.

While cultural evolution can be stunningly complex, this destructive practice is one simple, but major, force driving America’s cultural decline.

Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney,  Ph.D.

7/2/13

November 5, 2012

Founder's Quote Daily

“[T]o preserve … independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.” –Thomas Jefferson, 1816

Thomas Jefferson knew human nature like few ever do.  World history has validated his statement before his life-span and to this day.

VTM, 11/5/12

Thomas Jefferson on State’s Rights

August 9, 2012

Thomas Jefferson on State’s Rights

The idea that each state is given the right to make its own choices about all issues of economics, social intercourse, law, and other matters of life and style (not delegated to the Federal Government by our Constitution) is pure genius!

This cultural design embodies God’s evolutionary plan for all creatures of the universe. There are many designs or adaptations that will evolve. Only a few are a good and useful advantage: These adaptations will tend to survive and multiply. A great many others will fail and eventually die out.

So it is with natural selection, the selection of individual’s actions, as well as the behavioral adaptations among our states and our nation (i.e., subcultural and cultural selection forces).

When the Federal Government dictates uniformity among our states, and that uniform adaptation fails. It is not “an appendage” that fails: It is the entire American organism!

Do You Get It!?

If you do, pleases pass this on to others.

VTM, 8/9/12

8/9/12 Founder's Quote Daily

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” –Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791

Exessive Taxation: Thomas Jefferson

June 29, 2012

Founder's Quote Daily

“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor, 1798

 
…..Except for those who are suckling at the governmental breasts.
And as this portion of the electorate reaches beyond 50%, the American Constitutional Republic will be lost.
 
VTM, 6/29/12

America’s Long Time Is Over?

March 13, 2012

Founder's Quote Daily

“My confidence is that there will for a long time be virtue and good sense enough in our countrymen to correct abuses.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Rutledge, 1788


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Here is what I think of this quote by Thomas Jefferson.
Our countrymen and women knew full well the direction that President Obama would take our country shortly after he took office. Though he was masterfully deceptive in his pre-election rhetoric, he was perfectly childishly transparent in his post-election behavior.
The problem is not what obama has done and is capable of doing to destroy all that America has been and can be.
The problem is may be that we no longer have the “virtue and good sense” to correct obama’s abuses. 
With the presidential election looming, we shall soon see if our “long time” is over.                          
VTM,  3/13/12    

States Rights: A Bulwark Backbone of Liberty

November 28, 2011

States Rights: A Bulwark of Liberty

President Obama, all other tyrants, and the rest of us who must protect our liberty and way of life: Read Thomas Jefferson!

Wake-Up America!

Founder's Quote Daily

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” –Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791


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Veteran’s Day 2011: “The Tree Of Liberty”

November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day 2011: “The Tree Of Liberty”

God rest my submarine mates who had just transferred from our USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608 to the  USS Thresher SSN 593, only to perish during a deep test-dive accident on April 10, 1963.  On that day Chief William E. Graham (ss) and  Templeman N. Mabry  EN 3 (ss) died with 127 other submariners. They joined all of our other patriots in the submarine service that remain  on “eternal patrol”. This tragedy occurred during the Cold War with the USSR, waged largely by our submarine service.

I wish the following quote by Thomas Jefferson were not true.  In my youth, I had thought is was not…but it is. Now, at nearly 70 years of age,  I deeply believe in the old adage: “Pray for peace, but prepare for war.”

Wake-Up America!

“The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.”

                                        Thomas Jefferson

Please watch the following tribute to America’s Veterans. God Bless them all—– the living and the dead.

VTM, Veteran’s Day, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_eTLTOhdcA&feature=related

The Truth About Socialism: Thomas Jefferson Knew It!

November 10, 2011

The Truth About Socialism: Thomas Jefferson Knew It!

I am amazed that it in 1821 Thomas Jefferson was able to foretell the present fate of Europe and Modern America.

VTM,  11/10/11

Founder's Quote Daily

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap,
we should soon want bread.” –Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography,
1821


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