Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson on “the Precepts of Jesus”

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1820 I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have...

John Adams—On Economic Policy

American Thought John Adams refers an old friend and political opponent to his views on economic and monetary policies. I beg leave to refer you to...

Thomas Jefferson: Departing from principle in one instance

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on,...

Jefferson: Guarding the Sacred Deposit of Rights and Liberties

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1778 Whereas it appears that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free...

Thomas Jefferson on the Free Exercise of Religion and the Establishment Clause

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline,...

Four Pillars of Our Prosperity

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual...

Thomas Jefferson: A Deliberate, Systematical Plan

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at...

Thomas Jefferson: Two Tyrannies

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson The executive in our governments is not the sole, it is scarcely the principal object of my jealousy. The tyranny of...

Securing Rights: Representative Govt. and Qualified Voters

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of...

Jefferson: The True Foundation of Republican Government

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their...

Departure from Principle and the Power of Precedent

Liberty Alerts, Thomas Jefferson A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on,...

Suggestions on Improving the Union by Thomas Jefferson: 1786

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Thomas Jefferson, 16 December 1786 Five months before the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to...

Slavery & Secession: Treason Against the Hopes of the World

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1820 Editor's Introduction: In an effort to preserve the balance of power in Congress between slave and free states, the Missouri...

Thomas Jefferson: Second Inaugural Address

March 4, 1805 Proceeding, fellow-citizens, to that qualification which the Constitution requires before my entrance on the charge again conferred on me, it is my...

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...

Jefferson’s ‘One Hundred and Seventy-Three Despots’

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson All the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands,...

Jefferson's 'One Hundred and Seventy-Three Despots'

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson All the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands,...

Jefferson: Preserving the Spirit of Resistance

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the...

Two Measures If Not Taken, We Are Undone

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson: 1821 There are two measures which if not taken, we are undone. 1st. to check these unconstitutional invasions of state rights by...

Almighty God Hath Created the Mind Free: Thomas Jefferson

Almighty God hath created the mind free, and...all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments ... tend only to begat ... habits of hypocrisy and meanness