From Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address: Listen to Our Founding Father

This is a very old speech. A speech by one of our founding fathers. We hear a lot about these men in recent years. Few of the people who evoke their greatness, in their own cause, have ever read their writings, know their opinions on freedom and responsibility. The short excerpt from Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural address is just a sample. Follow the link to read the entire address, and please, before you invoke these brave, intelligent men, read their words, don’t use them to divide us.

“Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.”

To read all of Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address: http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres16.html


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