What Did Thomas Jefferson Mean?

March 30th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Frank Li

After listening to Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln, let’s listen to Thomas Jefferson, shall we? Here you go …

“I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.”

He meant: President George W. Bush, it was reckless for you to launch the Iraq War in 2003! President Obama, end the war in Afghanistan now (Top-10 American Misconceptions about The World)! Stop listening to the generals, as “the wars are too important to be left to the generals”. The Afghan war, any war, must not be part of consideration for the re-election!

Follow up:

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

He meant: President Obama, the government is way too big!

“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”

He meant: Trade with everybody, like the Chinese do, especially over the past two decades. Trade helps politics, not the other way around!

“I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.”

He meant: Let’s redefine the American Presidency, now!

“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”

He meant: Balance the budget!

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

He meant: President Obama, stop spending like there is no tomorrow! The national was $9T when you took office in 2009, and it is now $15T. You are by far the biggest spender in U.S. history!

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

He meant: For all the problems America has today, have you seen anything better than this diagnosis and this solution?

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

He meant: Read: Brainwashing in Communism and in Democracy.

“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.”

He meant: Read: It’s the Out-Of-Control Spending on Military, not Defense, Stupid!

“I propose that the Constitution, and each one following it, expire after 19 or 20 years.”

He meant: It’s time to significantly amend the Constitution as follows:

  • Limiting the American Presidency to 1-term (e.g. six years).
  • Raising the statutory requirements for the American Presidency, such as the minimum age to 55 (from 35) and only after having served a full-term as governor.
  • Introducing strict term-limits for Congress, preferably 1-term (e.g. six years) as well.

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About the Author

Frank LiFrank Li is the Founder and President of W.E.I. (West-East International), a Chicago-based import & export company. Frank received his B.E. from Zhejiang University (China) in 1982, M.E. from the University of Tokyo in 1985, and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked for several companies until 2004, when he founded his own company W.E.I. Today, W.E.I. is a leader in the weighing industry not only in products & services, but also in thought and action.

Dr. Li writes extensively and uniquely on politics, for which he has been called "a modern-day Thomas Jefferson"(see page 31).

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