"At home, fellow citizens, you best know whether we have done well or ill. The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These covering our land with officers, and opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which, once entered, is scarcely to be restrained from reaching successively every article of produce and property."
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Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source:
Second Inaugural Address
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Our Founding Fathers were Brilliant!!! God Bless them, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution which our present congress ignores and the Obama Regime makes a mockery of.
 -- L.P., Kirkland, WA     
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    Jefferson was so right. IRS, DEA, DOA, DOE, ATF, OSHA, EPA, to name only a few of the government bureaus that we, the taxpayers support, in order for them to snoop into every corner of your life, steal your property, and generally make all sorts of mischief. Naturally, it's all done for your own good.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    How true! Jim nailed it.
     -- Jim K., Phoenix, AZ     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    There is a direct correlation between the threat posed to a Liberal and the viciousness of his vitriol. And there is no Founder more despised and maligned than Jefferson, evidenced by the lib obsession with the slave Sally Hemmings. The Obamunist is light on U.S. History or he'd be giving back the Louisiana Purchase. It's only fair.
     -- rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
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    Jefferson was a good man but he said a lot and can and is taken out of context. He also died heavily in debt because of his extensive wine bill. His writings are influenced by his living way out in the sticks of western Virginia, Charlottesville. These quotes are talking points not some kind of Maoist sloganeering or god inspired truty. Mike, Norwalk really gets off on sloganeering. Rearden nice to hear from Burr Ridge but I know not of this obsession with Sally Hemmings. It is just part of history. As we know Old Tom was a liberal thinker and more than that a liberal in behaviour and is considered the founder of the Democratic Party (the party of small deficits, and small national debt). Just check out the "read my lips" list of Presidents and what they have done to our country and its finances, Reagan, Bush, Bush they are the culprits.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    jim k, you are right on!!! I say, anyone or anyTHING but the Obamunist in 2012. The Obamunist MUST BE OUSTED!!!
     -- Byron, Fort Collins, CO     
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    It is the tendency of human governments to boost the ruling class at the expense of the common man. Waffler sure knows how to dish out disinformation -- not sure where to begin -- suffice it to say it is all hogwash.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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