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    Thomas Jefferson was actually a new kind of man. He was fluent in five languages and able to read two others. He wrote, over the course of his life, over sixteen-thousand letters. He was a lawyer, agronomist, musician, scientist, philosopher, author, architect, inventor, and statesman. He did not depart from his homeland until adulthood; still, he acquired an education superior to Europe’s finest.

    The Constitution was shaped by the influences of Enlightenment era philosophy and republican ideology—and the underpinnings of Mr. Jefferson’s ideas regarding the rights of Humans.

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
    Mr. Jefferson chose his words carefully. Rather than creating a controversy on which good and decent people might differ, his Declaration is put into words in such a way as to do no more than a natural scientist would do in reporting the causes of any physical event.

    The issue, as conveyed, is not one of interpretation, but of observation. In other words, Human events compelled the separation and respect for humankind entailed an explanation.

    Mr. Jefferson was very much influenced by the father of liberalism, Mr. Locke—He wrote: "Bacon, Locke and Newton...I consider them as the three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception, and as having laid the foundation of those superstructures which have been raised in the Physical and Moral sciences."

    Mr. Locke concluded that Human Nature is inclined to give preferentiality to Reason and tolerance; he also believed that Human Nature allowed Humans to be selfish. In a natural state all Humans are equal and independent, and that each Human Being had a natural Right to defend their “Life, Health, Liberty, or Possessions".

    This became the basis for the phrase in Mr. Jefferson’s Declaration: "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And these ideas are foundation of the Bill of Rights; which, is the heart of the Constitution and the basis of the separation of powers.

    T Kosciuszko

    Liberty, Imagination and Reason, are the foundation, of Mr. Jefferson’s romantic ideal, of ennobling humanity—ideas to fulfill Humanity—free Imagination, eternally unfulfilled; limitlessly—imagining...
    Human freedom is Imagination's most precious possession.

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    As they say any friend of Thomas Jefferson is a friend of mine.

    Also Thomas Jefferson maintained a bust of Turgot within a great-room of his famous Monticello home. As it has been stated, Smith's own major work, “Wealth of Nations” was influenced from the economic writings of Turgot.
    Last edited by Weston White; 04-15-2012 at 12:13 PM.
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    Well, polyglots were (and have long been) common in Europe, so Jefferson was not unique in that regard-but it was unique in America. TJ was not perfect-nor did he claim to be-but his accomplishments are far superior to those of the other "founding fathers". Check out for a great deal more information about TJ. (the official site of the Monticello estate)

    ETA: since TJ wasn't even in the US when the constitution was written and ratified, this thread is probably better placed in another subforum.
    Last edited by heavenlyboy34; 04-15-2012 at 12:20 PM.
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    I do not consent to you governing me. Now square that circle without forcing me if you can.
    My personality type: INTJ - please forgive my weaknesses (Not naturally in tune with others feelings; may be insensitive at times, tend to respond to conflict with logic and reason, tend to believe I'm always right, tend to be unwilling or unable to accept blame )

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    As soon as the “liberal” imposters numbers are manageable, we must steal liberal back from the socialists and endeavor to restore its integrity—they have trashed it—just as they trash everything. (Move along now—into the realm of progressivism—stay there—y’all can have that one).

    Seriously—Mr. Jefferson held Mr. Turgot in the highest regard—the powerful minds of enlightened men were an incessant and insatiable element of Mr. Jefferson’s being.

    T Kosciuszko

    Turn off your TV, received the death penalty, on Hannity's forum of non-philosophy.
    Human freedom is Imagination's most precious possession.

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    Default A MORTAL

    As mortal as an expression of the American Mind.

    Mr. Jefferson’s high degree of language proficiency was merely one element of his enormous intellectual capacity—he actually proved that knowledge has no limits.

    I beg to differ re: Mr. Jefferson’s absence during the drafting and ratification of the Constitution—his spirit cast a bright light on the convention; moreover, Mr. Madison was a strong ally of Mr. Jefferson—he trusted that Mr. Madison would hold the Federalists in check—his contributions to Federalist Papers were unambiguous.

    T Kosciuszko

    The path to Morality cannot be navigated in the darkness of force, it must be illuminated with a principled and unwavering moral code of values.
    Human freedom is Imagination's most precious possession.

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    Well Sir, I am not quite sure what to make of your words. I must conclude that you are clowning; for force is and element that leaves a Libertarian frowning.

    T Kosciuszko

    A K-street dead-beat, has been in control of your seat perpetually—one has been with my seat so long, he may as well have a sit—in my seat. When are we gonna tell them to get the hell of our seats—and assume control of our own destinies?
    Human freedom is Imagination's most precious possession.

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