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posted: 12/26/2012 5:00 AM

Jefferson's wisdom resounds today

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President John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the most brilliant minds of the time. He stated: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

• "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson

• "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson • "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." -- Thomas Jefferson

How could Thomas Jefferson have known in his time?

Richard J. Piagari

Des Plaines

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