Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thomas Jefferson

 

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

Protesters covered a Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia in a black shroud during a demonstration late Tuesday — charging the former president as a “racist” and “rapist.”

The group covered the monument representing the nation’s third president and founder the university in protest of the school’s response to the violent “Unite the Right” white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, where 32-year-old Heather Heyer died after a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters on Aug. 12, The Daily Progress reports.

“One month ago, we stood on the front lines in downtown Charlottesville as all manner of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-fascists swarmed the area,” one speaker told the crowd. “Two months ago, the Ku Klux Klan rallied in their safe space, fully robed and fully protected by multiple law enforcement agencies who brutalized and tear gassed peaceful counter-protesters.”

Go here to read the rest.  As I have stated before, the current leftist iconoclast mobs do not really hate the Confederacy, their real rage is against the United States of America.

 

 

 

Thomas Jefferson,
What do you say
Under the gravestone
Hidden away?

“I was a giver,
I was a molder,
I was a builder
With a strong shoulder.”

Six feet and over,
Large-boned and ruddy,
The eyes grey-hazel
But bright with study.

The big hands clever
With pen and fiddle
And ready, ever,
For any riddle.

From buying empires
To planting ‘taters,
From Declarations
To trick dumb-waiters.

“I liked the people,
The sweat and crowd of them,
Trusted them always
And spoke aloud for them.

“I liked all learning
And wished to share it
Abroad like pollen
For all who merit.

“I liked fine houses
With Greek pilasters,
And built them surely,
My touch a master’s.

“I liked queer gadgets
And secret shelves,
And helping nations
To rule themselves.

“Jealous of others?
Not always candid?
But huge of vision
And open-handed.

“A wild-goose-chaser?
Now and again,
Build Monticello,
You little men!

“Design my plow, sirs,
They use it still,
Or found my college
At Charlottesville.

“And still go questing
New things and thinkers,
And keep as busy
As twenty tinkers.

“While always guarding
The people’s freedom
You need more hands, sir?
I didn’t need ’em.

“They call you rascal?
They called me worse.
You’d do grand things, sir,
But lack the purse?

“I got no riches.
I died a debtor.
I died free-hearted
And that was better.

“For life was freakish
But life was fervent,
And I was always
Life’s willing servant.

“Life, life’s too weighty?
Too long a haul, sir?
I lived past eighty.
I liked it all, sir.”

Stephen Vincent Benet

 

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