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Food for Thought...

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies...”

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(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - John F. Kennedy once stated "It has been said the greatest volume of sheer brainpower in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone...."

It is with that statement in mind that I submit the following nine quotes from Thomas Jefferson for your review, your thought, and your consideration:

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“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.”

“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.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

“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.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“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.”

I believe these quotes to be timeless in their meaning and well worth giving thought to . . . but, that is just my opinion!


Writer Robert Collingsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present. These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."

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Bob June 8, 2010 12:26 pm (Pacific time)

The statement about inflation and banks is a well-known internet fake: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/jefferson/banks.asp


Vic June 7, 2010 9:14 pm (Pacific time)

Great article/points !


free June 7, 2010 8:37 pm (Pacific time)

He would be considered a member of the lunatic fringe today and probably closely watched by FBI / Homeland security


Joe June 7, 2010 7:30 pm (Pacific time)

Thomas Jefferson must be turning in his grave right now, the bankers are the ones ruining us. Audit the Federal Reserve now!

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