Here are some quotes from Thomas Jefferson I think are relevant today.
- 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.
- A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men 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.
- A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other
- The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
- 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.
- Never spend your money before you have earned it.
- All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
- Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
- Delay is preferable to error.
- Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe
- Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by
slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
- For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
- I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of
criminal inquiry too.