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Fri, Apr. 16th, 2010 04:27 am
Jefferson Quotes

"I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the same coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan."- Jefferson

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Chris
Mon, Jun. 28th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)

Hey pal, long time no comment.

I like the quotes. Jefferson is one of my favorites. As sort of the philosophical founder of America, he is a great source of quotes.

Indeed, commerce between slave and master is despotism. Unfortunately, our great nation has a rich history of corporatism and this Citizens United ruling is only going to make things worse.

I am hopeful that, perhaps, they have finally started going too far. There is, I think, a rising awareness of the corporate bias in the government. I'm hopeful that some real legislation and regulation is somewhere on the horizon.

I think that the one of the most ignored and important debates is on net neutrality. My understanding is that the FCC has had some backroom meetings with the telecom companies, most likely to write regulation that could really empower them over consumers.

Anyway, good to see you are still on here. Hope to hear from you soon.


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