We Should Soon Want Bread

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson

A quick hint from American Founder Thomas Jefferson on one of several root causes of our current economic dilemma:

Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

Why is that? What can we learn from this simple principle? And I can’t help but wonder what it is about today’s politicians and educators that inspires them to think they know better than the Founding Generation’s greatest thinkers, the very men who God raised up to set up a political and economic system that produced the greatest miracle in freedom and prosperity the world has ever known? A freedom and prosperity that ever remained with us and blessed us except during those times, and in those seasons, when we foolishly and ungratefully departed from that system, and those basic moral values and legal principles which upheld it and sustained it?

I can’t imagine.

Quote source:  Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography

Liberty Letters are compiled and edited (with occasional commentary) by Steve Farrell. Copyright © 2011 Steve Farrell