Thomas Jefferson: The Commemoration of a Revolutionary Patriot
By TLB Contributing Author: Ken LaRive
Before we get started, let us first consider a word we take for granted these days… Very misunderstood, and yet so very important for a truthful history, and a viable, unclouded future. Of every demand we make of this life, nothing is more important, more relevant to both mind and body, than TRUTH. Without it we are little more than slaves, with minds that grow darker, less receptive, and void when absent.
The word is:
com·mem·o·ra·tive (kə-mĕm′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′-) adj.
1) Honoring or preserving the memory of another.
2) Produced in limited quantities over a specific period of time to honor a special event or anniversary. Used of coins and postage stamps.
1) Something that honors or preserves the memory of another.
2) A commemorative coin or postage stamp.
Last week, New Orleans Progressives got their way. Commemorative Civil War statues of Southern leaders were taken down because they were regarded by those in power to be racist. There was resistance to this measure, of course, but evidently not nearly enough. And so, machines were brought in, ropes and straps hoisted them up to a waiting, unmarked truck, and whisked away in the dead of night. All that remains is some form of litigation, but indeed, that seems unlikely in a banana republic, where ignorance and prejudice makes a fine gumbo.
There were many arguments against this action, but the primary one hit home to me… The issue seemed more than the destruction of our southern heritage, but the veritable desecration of history. It was stated in these emotional debates that without a full understanding of history, a truthful history, even a history fraught with injustice and violence, might again be repeated.
Ah, history… from a Progressive Hollywood poetic license, they rewrite history, from war and the clash of cultures, to the love of a cartoon character… In their book, women ride the range straddling their horse in blue jeans, and black men drink with their Indian buddies in a western Saloon, with an invite to play a game of cards with the white folk. It feels so good, and tears flow on the whim of a rewritten history, a history that will sell tickets at the box office, and leave the viewer more ignorant and confused, if that is indeed possible.
In the middle of the fray, where Progressives hope to galvanize new voters, another bell is ringing in their Marxists minds, now focused on our founding fathers. Indeed, many of our founders were slave owners, with Jefferson even fathering what was then considered a bastard child, What a conundrum! Our history is being rewritten for the sensibilities of the new liberal victim, who seeks solace, and a guiding hand from Big Brother, who shows them what to think, do, and say… as without a truthful education, they are indeed slaves.
Thomas Jefferson: avant-garde revolutionary
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 at Shadwell, in Albemarle county, Virginia. He was tutored in the finest classical traditions by a very well respected and learned man, the Reverend James Maury. When he was sixteen, he attended William and Mary College in Williamsburg, then continued his education in Law under George Wythe, who was the first Professor of law in America. Years later, he signed Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.
In 1765 Thomas Jefferson became a student at The House of Burgesses, noteworthy because it was there that he witnessed Patrick Henry’s insubordinate stand against the Stamp Act. It changed him to activation, and with his mastery of the Virginia Bar, he began his practice in 1769. From that time on, he was involved in revolutionary politics.
It is said that Thomas Jefferson was a “renaissance” man, but in retrospect, he was much more. A prolific writer of letters, his education rivaled the finest offered in Europe, and now considered the true American son of enlightenment, with over 16,000 written letters. They were well orchestrated and insightful, and communicated with nearly every influential person in America. He had a myriad of cultured talents, as a lawyer, agronomist, musician, scientist, philosopher, author, architect, inventor, and master statesman, Thomas Jefferson is the epitome of what is called, a founding father…
What is amazing to the student of American History, is the incredible insight Jefferson had for what we now face as a nation, and his words speaks to us directly. His study of Europe’s many forms of dictatorship and socialism gave him an insight that propels his thoughts through the ages, even as he was so well respected in his own time.
I will display for you ten of his most profound quotes, but this is only from my perspective, as each of them are jewels in their own right….
“Every citizen should be a shoulder. This was the case with Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.”
“A republican government is slow to move, yet once in motion its momentum becomes irresistible.”
“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.”
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
“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 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. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government. there is tyranny.”
“We in America do not have government by majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
“I know no safety depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.”
“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.”
“Learning is the key to our cell, the light that glimmers in the darkness, and the hope that fills our heart with truth.”-Ken LaRive 1984 diary
To understand the life and times of our founding fathers read the The Federalist Papers. They are a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution.
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name “Publius.”
A bound edition of the essays was first published in 1788, but it was not until the 1818 edition published by the printer Jacob Gideon that the authors of each essay were identified by name. The Federalist Papers are considered one of the most important sources for interpreting and understanding the original intent of the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson wrote a rather obscure article not studied widely today entitled “A summary View of the Rights of British America”. This paper codified the American Revolution mindset, and was secretly printed and distributed as a pamphlet throughout the colonies. It also landed in the hands of Edmund Burke who was sympathetic to the colonial condition, where he circulated it widely in England. Read this, it is your heritage.
Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, with minor corrections by John Adams, and embellishment by Franklin. It was adopted on July 4th, 1776.
And if you please, one more: “The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Footnote: Let us consider one more word, one no longer used in our new polite society:
1) Offensive A person born to parents not married to each other.
a) A person considered to be mean or contemptible.
b) A person, especially one considered to beunfortunate: “crumbling shacks where some poorbastard had tried to raise a family” (Tom Clancy).
3) Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
Yes, Jefferson had a bastard child from one of his slaves, and we grapple as to how this could have happened from an intellectual and moral perspective, and yet, as the left are judging him, perhaps they should take a good hard look at themselves, instead. Truly, there is a lot to consider…
The District of Columbia had the highest rate of children out of wedlock at 50.8 percent. Next is Louisiana at 48.7 percent, followed by Mississippi at 48.1 percent, and New Mexico at 47.6 percent.
Nationwide, African-American women are reported to have the highest rate of out-of-wedlock births, at 67.8 percent. The American Indian or Alaska Native American women are reported to have a 64 percent rate, Hispanics 43 percent, and whites at 26 percent. Asian-Americans have the lowest rate, at 11.3 percent.
The University of Michigan, and the US Census Bureau are good sources for these kinds of statistics. Of course, the world that Jefferson lived in was somewhat different then what the world has become, or is it? Surely there are similarities. Today, poverty, education, and morals are contributing factors to this amazing, and growing trend. His bastard child was born of a slave, his slave, and today, these bastard children are born by parents who, in their own right, are still looking for a master’s guiding hand as they depended on the public dole for sustenance… It is hard to admit this powerful affirmation, as they are still begging for crumbs from the master’s table… a harsh reality, but true. According to FBI extrapolation, just last year, it is 18 times more likely for a black person to do violence to a white person out of racial hatred, and that has not only become the norm for that sick society, but the acceptable behavior in a culture silenced by social taboo… Ignorance, immorality, and hatred… quite a standard for the Progressive Marxists who own them.
But to be fair, all Americans are slaves, and of the most horrific kind, slavery of the spirit. We have lost our Republic based on Constitutional law, due process is gone, and Civil Liberty, once read by every third grader, is no longer considered in our government-run educational system. Instead, they are teaching our children about Islam, homosexuality acceptance, and without God, how to put a prophylactic on a banana. We are so twisted, a PG13 movie can display a woman being shot in her breasts by a machine gun, but can’t be shown breast feeding. Yes, let us judge Jefferson, and his time, from our new age insane asylum of victims.
Ken LaRive – Facets: It’s a simple but beautiful metaphor. Our soul is likened to an uncut diamond, pure, perfect, and unrealized. Each learned experience cleaves a facet on its face, and leaves it changed forever. Through this facet, this clear window, new light, new questions and ideas take shape and form. This process is our reason for being …
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