"What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man!
Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself
in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on
his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery
than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
letter to Jean Nicholas Demeunier, January 24, 1786
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great observation, ahhh, the hypocrisy
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    "When the government fears the people , there is liberty, when the people fear the government, there is tyrany". I believe Jefferson said this , and how do you feel when you get a friendly note from the IRS.
     -- jim k, austin,tx     
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    Well said Mr. Jefferson.I agree with this quote with one minor exception:It is my opinion that Man is Not a machine.To say so would detract from the spark of the Divine which is the touchstone of all life.Including humans.
     -- Guess Who?     
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    Y'a got love Tom! None of my acquaintances that I care to associate with never have a fear of a letter from the IRS.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    How true! Israel comes to mind as well as the US.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I am not rich enough to fear the IRS. But I still don't like em.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    No sooner than the chains of tyranny are broken and cast off, they are readily put back on. Constructive Fraud committed by Congress and the IRS. 
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    WWG1WGA MAGA Patriots.
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    I often wonder what Jefferson would say of the US today?  The US has re-adopted many of the systems of monarchy and aristocracy that regulate the common people as 'subjects.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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