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Monday, July 04, 2011

That damned Quote

What's Mallard raving about today?

Thomas Jefferson

You realize Texas erased Thomas Jefferson from American History because he was a Liberal, right?


14 comments:

Tinsley: Sociopath said...

Jefferson was presumably talking about the unfair tariffs imposed by the British; Tinsley is saying that he does not want his money to be taxed because the tax might go to charity.

deepbeep said...

Since when is being against government waste a "right-wing" virtue? Considering the "right-wingers" have gotten us into this economic mess we're in -- partially by wasting $1 trillion in Iraq under the pretense of taking care of us -- that's a pretty hard sell.

deepbeep said...

By the way, here is the full context of the quote. Slightly misquoted, but I'll cut him some slack.

Tog said...

Does Batshit think EVERYTHING to come out of TJ's mouth or mind is to be treated as Word of God?

Because, you know, THIS.

Wikipedia: "Thomas Jefferson...had a 5,000-acre plantation and owned hundreds of slaves during his lifetime. He relied on slavery to support his family's lifestyle. Jefferson's contemporary racial views that African Americans were inferior to whites and needed supervision were rationalized into his Enlightenment ideals that condemned slavery."

All with citations, BTW. REAL sources, not the sort of crap Batshit relies on.

(Side note: Of course, TJ also had his "shadow family." He's a perfect example of someone who can have an interracial relationship, some good ideas (in the midst of a collective), and still be a racist asshole.

Happy Firecracker Day, Batshit! Hope you don't blow any fingers off!

exanonymous said...

I'm with Deepbeep. I don't actually disagree with the statement, and I wasn't aware that it was one political side.

If Mallard applied any deep thought, he'd realize that people have actual different definitions of what constitutes a waste of money.

Glad to see another straw man enjoying the holiday!

DiR said...

Any one want to take bets of what Tins' stance on Star Wars was?

Of course, it comes down to what one considers 'wasteful'. Since the founders more or less went out of their way to not create a standing army, I think we all know what's on the top of THAT list, eh? I mean, if you really want to play this game.

I know, I know, you think that wasteful spending in useless things like the post office, and medical care for children, and cops who pull over honest Americans JUST cause they're technically drunk.

Bill the Splut said...

Ah, quote mining! Jefferson also had some pretty harsh quotes about Christianity and corporations that would have Tinny screaming "GODLESS SOCIALIST!"

rewinn said...
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rewinn said...

So would TJ be for or against tax expenditures for private jets?

Cuz it sure does look to me that Mallard Fillmore is on the anti-TJ side.

rewinn said...

BTW: Today is a national holiday in the United States. Happy Independence Day, lovers of peace, freedom and democracy!!!!

Mallard and his ilk aren't celebrating it. If you are pro-secession then you are anti-United States. Feel free to choose one or the other, but anyone who waves the Confederate Flag or refuses to condemn it, cannot celebrate the 4th.

rewinn said...

One more comment: in 1798 Founding Father John Admas signed a mandatory health insurance law.

That was the REAL founding father, not his son John Quincy Adams.

Happy Independence Day - we're still fighting John Adams' fight!

Steve-O said...

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

-Thomas Jefferson

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

-Thomas Jefferson

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

-Thomas Jefferson

This is fun!

Rootbeer said...

Bruce Tinsley celebrates our nation's sovereignty by insulting it. What a creep.

Say, do you think Jefferson bedded Sally Hemmings... with his penischin?

Marion Delgado said...

    Legislators cannot invent too
    many devices for subdividing
    property. Another means of
    silently lessening the inequality of property is
    to exempt all from taxation below a certain
    point
, and to tax the higher portions or
    property in geometrical progression as they
    rise
. Whenever there are in any country
    uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is
    clear that the laws of property have been so
    far extended as to violate natural right.


Jefferson to Madison, 1785

    It has been pretended by some, (and in England
    especially,) that inventors have a natural and
    exclusive right to their inventions, and not
    merely for their own lives, but inheritable to
    their heirs. But while it is a moot question
    whether the origin of any kind of property is
    derived from nature at all
, it would be
    singular to admit a natural and even an
    hereditary right to inventors. It is agreed by
    those who have seriously considered the
    subject, that no individual has, of natural
    right, a separate property in an acre of land,
    for instance. By an universal law, indeed,
    whatever, whether fixed or movable, belongs
    to all men equally and in common
, is the
    property for the moment of him who occupies
    it, but when he relinquishes the occupation,
    the property goes with it. Stable ownership is
    the gift of social law, and is given late in
    the progress of society.

Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, 1813

    I hope we shall take warning from the example
    and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our
    monied corporations, which dare already to
    challenge our government to a trial of
    strength and bid defiance to the laws of our
    country
.


Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1816