Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Thomas Jefferson Quote

“When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all Power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
~ Thomas Jefferson

letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821. Ref: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, editor H.A. Washington. New York: H.W. Derby, 1861
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Ratings and Comments


shannon pinn, lynchburg, virginia

historically accurate from research and experience...you can argue it but he lived it.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Right now I'd say it's worse than the one than the one Jefferson separated from. And going downhill by the minute.

J Carlton, Calgary

America is closer to being a banana republic than a Constitutional Republic at this point.

warren, olathe

It has to be awful bad when the IRS reveals an internal scandal in order to take the nations eye off of a worse scandal. Makes you think that there could be some possibilities of revealing criminal activity. To think that letting us know that the last election was not legit (like it was not obvious to informed citizens) is politically less damaging than Benghazi makes you wonder what else there is in that story (Benghazi) that we should know.

E Archer, NYC

There was a reason the federal Capital was restricted to a 10 mile square area -- unfortunately, we have forgotten why...

Ronw13, Idaho

Designing minds of aristocrats aloof, carving out hereditary title in the New World. All the while centralizing power in Washington for preferred influence at the State Department. 

Mike, Norwalk

The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has committed a most gross jurisdictional usurpation as part of its socialistic goals. Centralized theocratic dogma, complete with canon now permeates the entire nation from its 10 square miles. The 9th and 10th Amendments have been rendered powerless checks. The national establishment of religion is as (or more) venal and oppressive as the government from which the States united separated.

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