If He Was Around Today, Thomas Jefferson Would Be Considered A Tea Party Extremist

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Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson was radically anti-tax, pro-gun and anti-central bank.  He loved precious metals, he openly acknowledged a “Creator” and he wanted to add an amendment to the Constitution which would ban the federal government from going into debt.  If he was around today, he would be considered a “nutjob”, an “extremist”, a “fascist” and even a “potential terrorist“.  But of course Jefferson was none of those things.  Rather, Jefferson was a great thinker, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and our third President.  Below, I have shared a list of 13 famous Jefferson quotes (13 for the 13 colonies that originally founded America) that show just how far America has fallen away from our founding principles.  I think that most of you will be very shocked when you read this list…


#1 “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

#2 “If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

#3 “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

#4 “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.”

#5 “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

#6 “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity in the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”

#7Paper is poverty,… it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”

#8 “It is said that our paper is as good as silver, because we may have silver for it at the bank where it issues. This is not true. One, two, or three persons might have it; but a general application would soon exhaust their vaults, and leave a ruinous proportion of their paper in its intrinsic worthless form.”

#9 “The incorporation of a bank and the powers assumed [by legislation doing so] have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution. They are not among the powers specially enumerated.”

#10 “That we are overdone with banking institutions which have banished the precious metals and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium, that these have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness, that the wars of the world have swollen our commerce beyond the wholesome limits of exchanging our own productions for our own wants, and that, for the emolument of a small proportion of our society who prefer these demoralizing pursuits to labors useful to the whole, the peace of the whole is endangered and all our present difficulties produced, are evils more easily to be deplored than remedied.”

#11 “Certainly no nation ever before abandoned to the avarice and jugglings of private individuals to regulate according to their own interests, the quantum of circulating medium for the nation — to inflate, by deluges of paper, the nominal prices of property, and then to buy up that property at 1s. in the pound, having first withdrawn the floating medium which might endanger a competition in purchase. Yet this is what has been done, and will be done, unless stayed by the protecting hand of the legislature. The evil has been produced by the error of their sanction of this ruinous machinery of banks; and justice, wisdom, duty, all require that they should interpose and arrest it before the schemes of plunder and spoliation desolate the country.”

#12 “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”

#13 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Sadly, great statesmen like Thomas Jefferson are in very short supply today.

At this point, most of our politicians are millionaires that have totally sold out to the elite.

And if “another Thomas Jefferson” did show up on the national political stage today, he would be treated like garbage.  The amount of abuse that is heaped on those considered to be “Tea Party extremists” these days is absolutely staggering.  The following are just a few recent examples that demonstrate this…

-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the following during a radio interview last Friday: “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

-An article that recently appeared on a prominent liberal news websites had this striking headline: “Frankly, Koch Brothers Deserve the Death Penalty“.

-Professor Terrence Moore recently explained that it is now common practice for textbooks across the United States to use the term “fascist” for all “right-wing extremist groups”: “In the margin of the teachers edition, the teacher is instructed to explain the term ‘fascist’ to the students and to point out that the term ‘fascist’ is now applied to all right-wing extremist groups.”

The sad truth is that Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t have a prayer of making it to the White House today.

In fact, he would probably be blackballed by both major political parties.

America is in decline, and it is not because the principles that this nation was founded upon have failed.

Rather, one of the primary reasons why America is falling apart is because we have rejected the principles that were handed down to us by men like Jefferson.

Shame on us.

Thomas Jefferson

  • Rodster

    A great man and leader who knew the dangers and evils of Central Planning and Central Banking. Someone who encouraged his citizens to rely on themselves and not government because when you rely on govt you empower the monster and it eventually turns into an Empire.

    • Rodster

      I like how he was also anti city. The Bible speaks about how God warned his people against the dangers of city life.

      • JCW

        bible verses for reference please? (Not doubting you, but for the sake of the layman)

  • krw0928

    Taxation is killing the middle class. My wife and I are in our mid 30’s with two young children. We own a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home that is certainly not extravagant. Her car is 10 years old and I bought mine used too. We have good jobs. I was doing my taxes today and it dawned on me how much of my money is stolen from me. We figured it out between federal, state and local income taxes we pay approximately 53k a year in taxes!!!! This does not even count sales tax which is 7 percent or health insurance premiums. This system is broken and I believe as Jefferson said that it is high time this “system” be altered or abolished and returned to its true limited government roots.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      That is crazy! We certainly are being taxed to death.

      Thank you very much for sharing that.


      • krw0928

        Thanks Michael you do good work. What keeps me sane is my belief in God and the fact that despite all of this taxation there are people who have things a lot worse. Keep up the good fight!

        • lompico

          Yes, we all feel better knowing that many have things much worse. The more poor people there are, the better I feel.

          • krw0928

            Of course that’s not what I meant moron. Obviously I meant that I feel fortunate to have what I have compared to others.

          • Rodster

            Don’t feed the trolls. The world he wants is the world we are living in now.

          • Becki

            wow, you are an idiot, government loves you

          • lompico


          • svobodnik

            If you say so, Lompico. That’s what you really feel in your heart!

      • lompico

        No, your taxes are lower than in the past 50 years. You have been brainwashed by the rich, who pay a much lower rate than you, in order to use you as a tool to lower their taxes even more.

        • Becki

          yup its lower if you don’t work and pump out kids, then its getting money from working people

        • jaxon64

          references please…because you are absolutely full of it.
          Not only is my Federal bracket taxed almost the exact same as it was 50 years ago…the SSI and Medicare taxes are 140% above what they have been in any decade ( proportionately as % of avg income). Throw in my state taxes which have increased incrementally for 50 years…now we have “county tax” which is another 25% added to whatever my state taxes are. My sales tax is 7%–that’s right, after taking over 40% of the money I earn before I even touch it, they charge me 7% of my remaining money when I spend it…if I spend it on gas, phone, cable–you name it–there will be taxes and surcharges.
          We haven’t even touched on “taxes by another name”-they are still taxes. You have to “renew” registrations, driver’s licenses, other licenses, permits and credits every year or two. Have you never wondered why we have to re-register the same vehicle for hundreds of dollars every 2 years? The ownership hasn’t changed, I still live at the same address, nothing on my registration has changed EXCEPT the expiration date–IT IS A TAX–same with myriads of licenses, permits..yada, yada…
          We are being taxed to death…
          Lompico, I 100% guarantee one of 2 things about you—you either don’t file taxes because you are not working/student/slacker whatever—or you work at a lower income and probably get every penny that is taken from your checks returned to you ( and then some with all the EIC/child/poverty credits).
          If neither of those things apply to you then you are simply a born sheep–no nice way to say it. You actually think the govt has the right to take from people’s labors, fatten themselves and their beauracracy…and then throw 2 to 5% back at the impoverished and call it compassion….you make me sick!
          PS: Sorry Michael for the rare show of vehemence from me, but I also used this snowy Tuesday to do my taxes—I work probably 6 months of the year for the govt and 6 for myself and family..this jerk just hit a button with his BS..

          • Luis

            You are right, we are being taxed to death. I once read rulers in government know that when taxes hit about 50%, people tend to revolt… as I understand it, that is why they try to hide the real tax rate from the public. The inflation tax is a prime example.

          • Opietheparrot

            No county in America has 25% taxes.

        • MMinCC

          Golly it’s really poring stupid where ever you are-you might want to step inside for a few minutes

          • lompico

            Golly, you prove that facts are meaningless to the brainwashed.

        • svobodnik

          The top 10% in America (“the rich”) pay 70% of all taxes (source – CNN).
          I think you are a tool of the progressive Left – who want to use you to enslave even more taxpayers through Big Government!!

    • de malfosse

      70% of the money you earn is eaten by various taxations.

  • K

    Jefferson is one of the great proofs of what, we lack today. We have more knowledge than ever before. What we lack is wisdom. All the founding fathers seemed to have a great deal of wisdom. Now as soon as we figure out how to do something, we do it. Never is the question asked anymore, should we do it?

    • lompico

      Herfe is his greatest wisdom”

      “All men are created equal.”

      “The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on”

      This sounds more like Marx than the Koch brothers, the sponsors of the Tea Party.

      • K

        Not so many years ago, All men are created equal, would have been accepted as common sense. How sad you equate it with Karl Marx.I am no supporter of the tea party. They were created by those in power, as a pressure release valve. Why I think they would accuse Jefferson of being a member? They use tea party to equate with old fashion and naive. In todays world Jefferson would be considered just that. It just shows how twisted this nation has become.

      • svobodnik

        The Tea Party is a grass-roots uprising, the likes of which I have never seen in my adult life. I don’t even know who the “Koch brothers” are. But because of your fear, you “think” that the Tea Party has to be funded by a shadow entity, like a George Soros.

        • Opietheparrot

          The tea party is not now nor has it ever been grassroots. It was started by the Koch Brothers with hundreds of millions of dollars to whip up a frenzy amongst weak minds. Granted they didn’t realize what was happening. Occupy Wall Street was grassroots, the tea party is what’s known as a n astroturf organization.

  • Paddycakes

    This is a lie: Jefferson would love to have the right wing-nuts confined to looney bins, where they belong. Believe it or no, I am not a democrat, just anti-loonicie.

  • lompico

    Thomas Jefferson was anti “the moneyed aristorcracy” of the corporations. He wrote that the “banks (he meant ordinary corporate banks) are more dangerous than standing armies.” And he was most proud of supporting public education.

    He also owned over 200 slaves and in his will, he freed only 9.

    So, based on these facts, I surmise the Tea Party would support

    crushing the power of the private banks (he wrote : ” (the young)look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and monied incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”

    dismantling the military and the military/industrial complex (he felt standing armies were a danger to the people)

    tolerating slavery

    expanding public education.

    As for his support for gun rights, his proposals were rejected by the Virginia Legislature, and he was exiled as Ambassador to France during the Constitutional Convention because of his many anti-corporate and radical ideas. His view on gun rights were not incorporated, as the 2nd Amendment does not mention the right to gun ownership but rather the right to keep bear arms, as part of a militia controlled and armed by Congress (see Clause 15 and 16 of Article 1, Section 8).

    If Jefferson, a man who despised Christianity and organized religion (but admired the ethical teachings of Jesus), an Enlightenment man who believed in reason and science, were alive today, he would be considered a dangerous radical…and as in his period of absence from 1784-89, he would be exiled to silence his voice.

    He would have supported the Civil Rights Movement (which leading Tea Party folks wish to dismantle); he would have joined the Occupy movement against the
    power of the banks, and he would have been an advocate of cutting the defense budget drastically.

    He would have seen the Tea Party as a charade, relying on useful idiots controlled by the “moneyed aristocracy” and denying scientific evidence for evolution and global warming as a dangerous group of dupes.

    In his day, Jefferson was a radical democrat (with the exception of his views on race), and today, he would no doubt be a modern radical democrat.

    He would have been horrified by the Tea Party. The lies and myths about Jefferson would have been the first thing he would repudiate could he return to view how his predictions of the loss of liberty to the corporations has come true.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      This!! This is radical democrat revisionism in action!

    • jaxon64

      “Moneyed Aristocracy”..like Gates, Rothschild, Rockefeller, Buffet, Soros, Huffingtons,..and all those other hard core tea partyers…
      You are such a sheep…the progressive movement is all about a Corporate/Government unity where there will be a Lording group of “Moneyed Aristocracy” and no middle class except for varying levels of serfdom and lesser serfdom.
      Look at your leaders ( and the neo-cons as well)–they are all heavily moneyed and bought off by International Corporations. The consolidation of control under the auspices of “globalism” is the game and people like you only make it easier for them as you try and cast all disparagings upon the R hand when the Left hand is doing the same thing ( if not a lot more).
      They have really got you believing that you need them—you really believe that they are your betters and that giving them control of the decisions and direction of our planet and posterity is a good thing…you are drinking the kool aid double fisted my friend

      • lompico

        Yes, all of them were feared by Jefferson. He would have been horrified by the political power of the Koch brothers, Adleson, and other far right billionaires.

        I oppose all plutocracy….so your calling me a sheep is absurd.

        You make many assumptions which are false. Therefore, your conclusions are empty.

        • svobodnik

          You really are obsessed with the Koch brothers …… duh…….all the money in the world does not “create” the power of the Tea Party. It comes from individual activism.

          • lompico

            Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

            Posted: 02/11/2013

            “A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

            Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving climate disruption.

            The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

            Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study titled, ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, is not just an historical account of activities in a bygone era. As senior author, Stanton Glantz, a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) professor of medicine, writes:

            “Nonprofit organizations associated with the Tea Party have longstanding ties to tobacco companies, and continue to advocate on behalf of the tobacco industry’s anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.”

            The two main organizations identified in the UCSF Quarterback study are Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. Both groups are now “supporting the tobacco companies’ political agenda by mobilizing local Tea Party opposition to tobacco taxes and smoke-free laws.” Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004.” huffpo
            You need to wake up to what has happened. You are a tool of the Koch brothers and you don’t even know who they are.

          • Opietheparrot

            400 million dollars just to post lies about the ACA, millions to any bass ackward RWNJ to buy elections. If you think anyone is obsessed with the Koch Brothers the real question is why is there anyone who isn’t? If you support them you support the destruction of America as a 1st world country and have lost any pretention to patriotism.

      • Opietheparrot

        Soros a Tea Partyer? Boy did you get that wrong. He personally financed the Solidarity movement that kicked the Soviets out of Poland, but he believes in people, not in power to make people do what he wants, which is the only reason the Tea Party exists, to get people to vote on their prejudices rather on what is good for them. They operate in service to the thieves, anti democratic (small d) plunderers and polluters.

  • Luis

    I also like James Madison, the ‘father’ of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He was Secretary of State under Jefferson and became President right after him. These two guys are real giants in American history… real patriots… real Americans.

  • Colin

    I don’t think it’s possible to know where President Jefferson would fit on the political spectrum in our modern age. When I or others start saying, this historical person would belong to this group or that group, that is speculation. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” (L.P. Hartley)

  • Oldphartbsa

    Today, the FBI/IRS/DHS would classify him as a Tea Party Terrorist, the NSA would lock him out of any means of communications or travel, the SEC/IRS would seize his assets, and Obama would drone him as he was forced out of Monticello, Virginia by DHS.

    • evoval

      And he would take up arm today as he did yesterday in the face of treason, traitors and tyrants.

    • Opietheparrot

      As they do with his type these days, liberal Democrats.

  • uh-huh

    That’s what you get when you get a multitude of ethnicities in the same general area: it works some of the time, but not most of the time as there’s just too many different religions, too many different politics, too many different lifestyles under one roof…so it just does NOT work. Then you get coerced, compelled, threatened, and “guilted” into obedience for the “greater collective Borg good” on behalf of the “minorities” and this results loss of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Satan’s plan.

    And, no, I am not a racist — I am a realist.

  • Lee

    Jefferson was a promoter of individual law. Tea party or Lincoln Republican group are all about commune group law.

  • Ngallendou

    The grammar of “If he was around today” implies that maybe he was, whereas the grammar of “If he were around today” signals that he is not. Let us help the uneducated ‘Merkan population improve its grammar for clearer thinking and more enjoyable reading!

    • d

      Bad grammar has always existed . . . it generally shines little light on the ability of a person to make wise and moral decisions or even the overall intelligence of a person. Focus on the message, not the distractions.

      Source: hours of analyzing primary source docs in US History

  • Arizona

    YOU guys are ALL insane,..and SOON you’ll all be dead,I just talked with a RUSSIAN ARMY CAPTAIN,OH and he had three sheriffs with him,I guess we know who’s side their on,,at walmart,he says OBOOZO is paying them,450,000 russians $500.00 dollars a day to be here and soon their going to TAKE EVERYTHING america has,and that says nothing of the other 6 NATIONS who’s military are here and waiting in the wings to help them,YOUR ABOUT TO BE IN A WAR,and your still sound asleep,or worse in total denial…..YOUR ABOUT TO BE ATTACKED and they’ll walk through america unaposed,IF your waiting for a postcard in the mail,IT AIN’T COMING,get ready, or you and your family will die….Now you know WHY they want your guns……..

    • Jim Davis

      My Dad had a clock that sounded like you, koo-koo, koo-koo, koo-koo, etc.

    • Paul Patriot

      I have discovered that Russian troops ARE in fact training on US soil. I can’t verify your other comments, but, I will not call you koo-koo, because things are getting more and more out of control, and most sheeple think ” that will never happen here”

  • Great Post! Thank you Michael.

  • NowAlive

    If Jefferson were perfect then he would’ve been Jesus. He can’t be right all the time! Besides, atheists killed more in the last century than all [non]Christians throughout history. Also, if you read the page from your quote from monticello, part of is considered fraudulent. The rest is taken out of context. In the real quote from TJ, he is saying that the different Christian sects kill each other. He’s not slapping Christianity itself. Nice try though.

    • Jim Davis

      But the quote points out that he was not a Christian zealot or bible thumping Creationist.

    • nickhz

      athiest have killed more than christians? you want to put up some references please? you can not say that all people who arent christians are athiests… so how do you back up your statement?

      • svobodnik

        “Atheist” communism and Marxism killed up to 100 million in the 20th Century. Ever hear of the killing fields of Cambodia? Ever hear of the gulags of North Korea? Ever heard of Mao’s “great leap forward”?? Ever heard of the internal displacement (and starvation) of entire ethnic groups by the Soviet Union? Ever heard of the re-education camps and annihilation of South Vietnamese when the North came down and took over??

    • Opietheparrot

      Hitler was a Christian. He did a pretty good job of murder. Franco was a Christian, so was Mussolini, Hirohito was Shinto. Mao and Stalin were atheists. Without doubt a certain class of atheists were killers, but religious people over the centuries were far more likely to be murderers for non-political reasons. Atheists don’t kill to promote atheism, religious leaders do kill to promote their brand.

  • fatwillie

    If he were around today, he like many of us would be considered a terrorist. If he were around today, It would be an honor to stand with him, in what I know would be his declaration to take back this nation, and restore it to his and its original glory. In my life time I have had only 4 heros, the first is God almighty himself. the 2nd is Jesus Christ, just as glorious, the 3rd is my dear departed wife, and last but such a great influence is Mr. Thomas Jefferson the best president this nation ever had. I fear he is ashamed of us.

  • David McElroy

    AMEN! Live free or die trying!

  • USLibertarian

    Thomas Jefferson’s writings were truly inspired by the Creator he wrote about. He clearly knew of the dangers of fiat currency, especially when printing unbacked greenbacks is used to float debts that are not sustainable. Where is a man like Thomas Jefferson today? I can only look to Alex Jones, Ted Cruz, Ron, and Rand Paul as leaders against governmental encroachment. Cuomo- I say to you, “Thomas Jefferson would not be welcome in NY, nor is the Spirit of the US Constitution welcome in your authoritarian monstrosity that is called NY”!!

    • svobodnik

      If Cuomo wants to be part of an “all-Marxist”, “baby-aborting”, “only criminals possess guns” state, then let him have it. Down here in Texas we watch and laugh as employers leave New York with its high taxes and high crime.

  • white531

    A great man, indeed. There is no one on the political landscape of America right now like him. The Founding Fathers thought that future generations would follow their wisdom and their ideals. How wrong they were in that thought, is a tragedy. They did everything they could to prevent it. They are innocent at this point.

    If anyone owns this tragedy called Obama, it is us.

  • Jim Davis

    I don’t think Jefferson would be a “Tea Party” guy. He would distance himself completely from Creationism and neocon wars.

    • Tosheba

      Have another drink.

      • Jim Davis

        I will but even if I keep drinking, I’ll be sober tomorrow, while you’ll still be dumb!

    • svobodnik

      What is a “neocon”….???

      • Jim Davis

        One of a group of vile, Marxist Israel-first traitors who want America to fight wars in service to Israel.

        • Opietheparrot

          The rationale being that doing so would bring on Armageddon. The surprise would be that because the right pushes hatred there wouldn’t be a single conservative going to Heaven.

  • MMinCC

    Butbutbut he had slaves

  • MMinCC

    This is exactly the same posting I’ve seen on Common Dreams whenever taxes come up.

    Well done parrot boy-it’s obvious you aren’t the one paying 60% of their hard earned income, you’re what is called a net tax receiver.

    IOW, a mooch

  • Blither box

    If you know the difference between a human being and a sack of potatos.Then you are most likely a Tea Party member.Has anyone ever tried to enter the ability to speak as evidence of humanity when the courts doubtful qualifications have them carried off to a warehouse by the sheepdogs?

  • lainnj

    Thomas Jefferson was no right-wing Christian. The Jefferson Bible, which resides in D.C., was the result of Jefferson having literally ripped out the parts of the Bible he did not agree with.

    “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear.” Jefferson

    • nickhz

      he took out all of jesus’s mystical acts and focused on his moral teachings….. because he didn’t believe in fairy tales

      • svobodnik

        Obama’s background is a fairy tale.

    • svobodnik

      You don’t have to be a “Christian” to be a part of the Tea Party. You have to love liberty and life.

    • Chris

      You missed the point entirely. He’s not saying “question God.” He is telling us even God himself would choose reason over fear. Our country is a perfect example.

      Does it make sense that our gvmn is under TRILLIONS of dollars in debt? No, but they steadily increase it every day with worthless “money blowing” spending.
      Our entire country sits on their couch, watches their TV while the elite take everything for themselves right under our noses.

  • T.j. Thomas

    True, though also mitigated by the fact that he distrusted organized religion and revered science. Such as this quote in his 2/10/1814 letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “I’m really a constitutionalist. I like Thomas Jefferson. So I’m a classical liberal.”—Alex Jones

  • sth_txs

    The problem with nonsense article about how low the federal taxes are is always incomplete because it never includes the rest like SS, Medicare, state income tax, and local income tax if applicable. After you get home, there is property tax, and a number of others. Even a person with a $40k or so salary is heavily burdened by the tax system.

  • Gay Veteran

    you can’t argue rationally with Malcolm, just another right-wing troll

  • Captain Canuck

    Lets remember historical context. Anti-tax and pro gun sentiment were a direct response to British Imperialism. Rightly so for the times.

    If Thomas Jefferson could envision the technology of an AR-15, its ease of availability and its use in public places (including classrooms), not by a foreign enemy, but by Americans I’m sure he might’ve revised his statements.

    • Paul Patriot

      If you are referring to Sandy Hook:
      AR 15 not used in the killing, Sandy hoax was a planned “training” excersize that went “live” as a litmus test, to test reaction of public, and used to further draconian gun legislation. Do the research.

      The Constitution was made for a ” moral and religious people” it will not suffice for any other….maybe if we were ” moral and religious” people, maybe the whole assault on firearm liberty would not be an issue.

      • Opietheparrot

        Just how stupid are you?

  • Paul Patriot

    Cuomo would be dragged out of office by the hair, a noose put around his neck and hung from a tree if there were not so many scared, apathetic sheeple in the nanny state of New York (northeast) New Yoohkahrs come across as tough, but are a bunch of spineless, liberal sheeple that are simply sitting on the sidelines ad the tyrannical snowball rolls out of control.

    • Opietheparrot

      Every red state governor would be first if there were any decency. And the average New Yorker is a hell of a lot tougher than any Southerner and a helluva lot smarter as well. You should get down on your knees and thank God for New York and all the other blue states which produce the tax surpluses which keep the red states afloat.

  • PKPK

    Despite Thomas Jefferson’s greatness, he was not perfect. He enacted a trade embargo on good traveling from the US to other countries. This policy almost resulted in certain New England states’ secession from the Union. Also, he flip-flopped on his view of immigration when he realized that much of his vote came from immigrants. It’s important not to deify this man, but he was certainly a libertarian “tea party extremist” by today’s standards.

  • Opietheparrot

    The only taxation killing the middle class is the taxation cuts for the rich and corporations passed on to the middle classes by Ronald Reagan. And the 3.5 million jobs and 56.000 factories outsourced with tax help for corporations financed by the Bush II administrations. Federal taxes under Obama are the lowest since Truman.

  • Opietheparrot

    But in the old testament God approved of slavery, so….

  • Irish1025

    The Power to tax, Is the power to destroy Irish