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July 4th, 2008
03:44 pm


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Thinking About Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was buried at Monticello, his home. His epitaph, which he wrote, lists what he views as his three chief accomplishments.

- The Declaration of Independence
- Guarantee of religious freedom to the citizens of Virginia
- The University of Virginia

President of the United States didn't make the top three.

For all his faults - which were many and substantial - Jefferson understood and exemplified what it meant to be a citizen statesman.

Happy Fourth of July to all celebrating.


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Date:July 4th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I love Jefferson. The dictionary definition of a polymath and extraordinary person. Yeah, he had his faults. But what he did in his lifetime was pretty amazing, and he knew what values and direction the USA should go in.

I always thought it was spooky that he and John Adams (who had been both friends and enemies thoroughout their long lives) both died within a few hours of each other, in separate cities, on July 4 1826 -- 50 years after the original July 4th.

Here's to the dream and promise of America. It's tarnished right now, but it's been through dark times previously too. We can hope that enough good citizens will keep leading and pushing so that we can actually live up to the ideals that we profess.

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Date:July 5th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
He really is a fascinating figure. I loved visiting Monticello - you get such a feel for his character there.

And on your wish for America - from your keyboard to G-d's monitor.
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