… with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities [happiness].
Source: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
In honor of Labor Day, 2012 …
For 12 years, America had pursued a certain course through the administrations of Presidents Washington and Adams. In 1800, the nation chose quite a different direction.
In his inaugural address, Jefferson outlined the blessings America enjoyed and the major principles that would guide his administration. He also sought to bring a divided nation together. “We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists,” he wrote earlier in this address.
Jefferson proposed a government that:
1. Was wise
2. Was fiscally conservative (frugal)
3. Restrained people from harming one another
4. Other than this restraint, left its citizens alone to improve themselves.
5. Did not tax away what people had earned by their industry.
This limited role was “the sum of good government” and necessary for its citizens to be happy.
Good government made simple, by Thomas Jefferson.
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Self-Educated American Thomas Jefferson Editor, Patrick Lee, is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.