Lessons from Thomas Jefferson

Keith Davies

Thomas Jefferson is one the founding fathers most revered by the left because of the false revisionist narrative they paint of him on the issue of “separation of church and the state.” David Barton, the great historian of Wall Builders – in his excellent book ‘The Jefferson Lies’ – proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, the strong Christian faith of Thomas Jefferson and approbation of the false revisionist history touted by the left, to remove God from our country.

If the left can misuse Jefferson for their unholy agenda then I can certainly use his true life history to learn about how and what we need to do to beat back the threat of Islamic fundamentalism and to solve our suicidal economic tendencies. Ignoring both will prevent us from being able to restore the freedoms we are throwing away because of ignorance, apathy and a focus on consumerism versus the real value of life which is liberty.

In the latter part of the eighteenth century, after the USA had been formed, one of the first major issues the country had to deal with was the piracy by Muslims from North Africa who interfered with our shipping and took non-Muslim slaves with many Americans. Over a period of fifteen years we paid these Muslim pirates millions of dollars, which would be the equivalent of billions of dollars today.

Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an to study his enemy but the left exploited his ownership of it in order to falsely suggest that Jefferson considered Islam as a faith or had some favorable attitude towards Islam; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) used Jefferson’s Qur’an as a propaganda stunt by using it in his swearing in ceremony after his election to Congress in 2006.

After fifteen years of extortion from the Islamic Pirates of the Barbary Coast, as well as some serious study of Islam by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States lobbied his Congressional colleagues to stop paying tribute and raise an army (the United States Marine Corps. was used to protect our shipping as well as to rescue the hostages and slaves kept prisoner in Africa). Many in Congress objected to this and wished to continue the appeasement but Jefferson prevailed and the Pirates were defeated.

Today, the very same problem exists. We are being extorted for money because of oil, the Palestinian refugee issue, and the promise of money to the Egyptian government to bribe them to keep the peace with Israel, which has now backfired since the Muslim Brotherhood has taken power. Most, both on the left and the right – including people like Dick Cheney – wish to still hold Egypt and Saudi Arabia as our Allies, even though they are raping our economy and that of the free world’s dependence on their oil.

In order to solve the problem we just have to take the cue from Thomas Jefferson. We need to stop buying their oil and send in the Marines if they wish to mess with us anymore. You might ask how do we get our own oil? The answer is simple; Canada in the short term and our American ingenuity in the longer term. A country like ours, that won both World Wars, put the first men on the moon, and is the world’s leader in technology because of our great capitalist system, can easily rise to the challenge of gaining self-sufficiency in energy. We have an abundance of oil in the ground but we do not go after it. We are hampered by left wing environmental whackos, which include the Obama regime and our other corrupt politicians with some of them on the right who pander to Saudi Arabia. Our disastrous energy policy, which also endangers our national security because we trust some Bedouins in a desert who have a religion that is based on middle-aged savagery, where the only other things produced apart from oil are dates and terrorists.

The ease with which we could solve our unemployment problem with basic common sense is fathomable; it will also cut the price of oil by at least half in the world market. This, just by focusing on being energy independent in as short a time as possible. Today, we employ about 9.2 million people in the oil and gas business. Yet, we only produce about 30% of our required needs domestically. We all know that we have in our country enough oil and gas that can be exploited to be self-sufficient, which would triple our current production. This would easily double and possibly triple the number of high paying jobs, thereby wiping out our unemployment problem. This would also improve our deficit problem as we would be collecting more taxes and paying less unemployment benefits as the economy would grow rapidly. Mitt Romney states this like a bumper sticker but he needs to explain in greater detail like I have above on how this plan would strengthen us economically, using easy numbers to understand the potential.

Thomas Jefferson understood the motive of Islam by studying his enemy. He understood that strong military strength and intervention protects you from extortion and evil. Jefferson is heralded by the left to mischaracterize his positions for its own sordid agenda – removing God from public life. Yet, if one studies the true Jefferson, he made some profound statements, which would ridicule the agenda of today’s left and the masses who wish for free handouts. Here are several quotes from Jefferson that sum up where we have gone wrong and what we need to do to correct our path:

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

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

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.

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.

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

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

The reason why the left is successful when it comes to distorting history is because the right doesn’t do a good enough job of defending it.


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