Thomas Jefferson

I got this in an email today and I felt it was important to share. I have moved his comments to the top, as it shows that some intelligent people have known all along the things we are awakening to today.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man.  That happens to be way more than what most understand today.  Jefferson really knew his stuff.  A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as  Europe .
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

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.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
The people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!

I’m doing my part.  Please do yours……

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

  • At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.
  • At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
  • At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
  • At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
  • At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
  • At 23, started his own law practice.
  • At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.
  • At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
  • At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
  • At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
  • At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
  • At 40, served in Congress for two years.
  • At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
  • At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
  • At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
  • At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
  • At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
  • At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
  • At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
  • At 65, retired to Monticello .
  • At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
  • At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
  • At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams


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The Awakening of Mom

Hi all,

So this weekend on my weekly visit with my Mom, she had, in flipping channels, stopped on a news station that I cannot stand due to their repeated delivery of untruths. I told her to never watch that channel and that if she wanted real news, she wouldn’t find it on American TV. She started asking me where I get all my news from, since she knows that I do NOT watch any TV news stations and how I got started being so environmentally concerned.

I started by reminding her of 2 things,

1. My lifetime love of Native American history and their ways of living in harmony with the Earth and its creatures.
I have always felt that we should have learned from them instead of stealing their precious land and creating a ‘new Europe’ which is what ‘we’ (term used loosely there being part Native American myself) were trying to escape from.

and

2. Earth Day 1990. That was when I took my then 4 year old son to an Earth Day festival in our town.
There I learned that I was not the only one who held onto the idea of returning to the Native American, Earth friendly way of life. I found environmental activists, hippies, business people, parents and kids were all interested in learning how to start undoing what we have done to the planet. I found it funny that Earth Day actually began 20 years prior in NY and PA and  and it seemed that little had changed for the better. It seemed that it was still getting worse. 1990 was the year that Earth Day as an event went International.

OK, so after that, which she nodded and remembered how I went out and bought recycling bins for our home and forced my Father to use them. He was born in 1929 and didn’t seem to think that we, or any one we knew would be around long enough for the damage we were causing to affect us.
He grew up in a world where you worked on your own car and let your old motor oil run down the gutter into the sewer. This was acceptable in our society for years.

Jump to now, 2011.

Still doesn’t look like much has changed for the better since Earth Day 1990.

Last year we watched in horror as the largest EVER man made environmental disaster unfolded before our eyes, yes I am referring to the Deepwater Horizon. For a little while it was all over every news channel. Everyone was outraged with BP and our Government for not handling the spill faster and better. We had offers pouring in from all over the globe from countries that had WAY more advanced methods of containing and cleaning up the spill. Our Government turned them all down and let the ‘murderer investigate and clean up the murder scene’ Never in my life did I think I would see such a blatant case of a corporation getting more rights than the people and wildlife of that region.

Sideline note: Right now the radio just played a BP ‘it’s all better now’ commercial. I really want to know how much they are paying the people in those commercials, and I wonder if the radio stations have a clue, or even care about the current state of the Gulf, or is it all about $$? Because I know for a FACT that the oil is NOT gone and the Gulf is NOT OK! Ugh, angry now..

OK, back to the story, so I explained to my Mom that I get most of my news on the oil spill from people who live in the Gulf region and various online news sources. I get a ton of emails from reputable Environmental protection groups, online Environmental activist networks and mutual Environmentally conscious friends that I’ve met through social media, especially Twitter. I love my Tweeps 🙂

I started to tell her how the BP commercials that you see on TV are NOT true and I logged into Facebook to show her photos from friends in Louisiana and Mississippi taken over the last few weeks of the NOT clean beaches, the STILL dying wildlife, the chem-trails in the morning skies, the shrimp that they say are safe, but have black spots on them that are burns that go right through their shells from the oil and corexit in the water. I then showed her photos of Gulf residents with rashes and sores on their bodies and the results of their blood work showing high levels of chemicals in their blood. I showed her videos of Gulf resident and activist Kindra Arnesen and Marine Toxicologist Riki Ott, who dealt with the Exxon Valdez spill and is now involved with the Gulf.

Needless to say, the woman who watches lots of TV news was shocked and horrified at how the truth of the Gulf is nowhere to be seen on any news channel that she watches, and lemme tell ya, she flips through them all.

I felt like I did the tiniest of good deeds, since my Mom is housebound and talks to a total of less than 10 people a week. She will not be spreading very far, the message that I shared with her, BUT she is aware now and not a SHEEP watching the TV news and believing every word..

I guess the message that I am trying to convey with this whole post is that AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO SPARKING ACTION. The woman who complained about rinsing out her plastic dixie cups so that I didn’t have to dig them out of her trash every week, now understands why it is all so important to me.

I am so glad that there are people like Ian Somerhalder inspiring the youth of today. They will inspire other youth and try to correct their parents bad habits. They are really the key to our success as a species.

We cannot continue to let corporate person hood, greed and a total lack of regard for other living creatures and our planet continue to be our modus operandi or as the Native Americans have said since ‘we’ came here:

“The whites too shall pass; perhaps sooner than all other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own water. But in your perishing you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the god who brought you to this land and, for some special purpose, gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses are tamed, the secret corners of the forest [are] heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills [is] blotted…

Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. And what is it to say good-bye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

If we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it. And with all your strength, with all your mind, with all your heart, preserve it for your children and love it… as God loves us all.” Chief Sealth (Seattle)
Here are 2 websites I just found while looking for the above quote. The second one  would be funny if it were not the world we are currently living in.

Alternatives For Simple Living

White America Has Lost Its Mind

Hope this message helps someone somewhere become aware 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.

THV