"The policy of American government is to leave its citizens free,
neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson to M. L'Hommande, 1787.
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Never more true than today!
 -- JS, Covington     
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    Perfect! 50 Stars! (or is it 57? lol)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    That I could rate this a multitudinous times with innumerable stars, YES ! ! ! And, if you don't believe this, I have some solar I want to sell you out of California. ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Wouldn't it be nice if the current batch of "progressives" in Washington would follow this policy. This bunch couldn't carry Jeffersons lunch pail.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    I am continually amazed at the insight the founders of this country had. I am just as amazed at the stupidity of those we continue to elect. Or in the end is it our stupidity? Soon those who receive government checks will exceed 50% of the population, then and only then will we realize you can't cure the problem by taking blood out of your right arm and putting it back in your left arm.
     -- Ken, Spokane     
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    Somebody ought to remind the President and Congress of this...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The Founders could foresee the problems that could befall America. We are getting a centralized government, we are loosing our freedoms, and the ability to succeed without reprisals all under OBAMA. I doubt this was the vision Thomas Jefferson had for America. This was his fear!!!!
     -- Judi, Elk Grove     
    So much for that idea. If only we could return to it!
     -- T., Salisbury, MD     
    A simply beautiful and clarified statement made by the author of the Declaration of Independence.
     -- Mary - MI     
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