Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding, and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical (Webster’s 7th New Collegiate: supernatural, highly abstract) subtleties, which may make anything mean everything or nothing, at pleasure …
I believe the States can best govern our home concerns, and the General Government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore, to see maintained that wholesome distribution of powers established by the constitution for the limitation of both; and never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold as at market.
Source: Thomas Jefferson to Justice William Johnson, June 12, 1823
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Wise leaders don’t complicate. They simplify.
At age 80, near the end of his life, Jefferson was still arguing for a strict, common sense interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and its 10th Amendment. Foreign concerns belonged to the national government. Domestic concerns belonged to the individual states.
The Constitution was not complicated. It could be understood by ordinary people using common sense.
Jefferson feared the consolidation of power in Washington. Out of sight and out of reach of those “men of ordinary understanding,” power could be bought by the highest bidder.
Mr. Jefferson knows your audience possesses common sense.
He would be honored to speak with them!
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The Moral Liberal 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.