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I cannot live without books.
[And… ]
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.
   ―  President Thomas Jefferson
[I have always hoped to live up to this “bold” standard.  —  KMAB]
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“One more thing, gentlemen, before I quit.  Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us.  There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions.  The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious —  because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority.  We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe —  some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others —  some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.
“But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal — there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president.  That institution, gentlemen, is a court.  It can be the Supreme Court of the United States or the humblest J.P. court in the land, or this honorable court which you serve.  Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.
“I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system — that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality.  Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury.  A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.  I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family.  In the name of God, do your duty.”
   —  Harper Lee
From her novel: “To Kill A Mockingbird
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Perhaps #DumbDonald should learn to read:
Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
1st Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And to quote Thomas Jefferson:
The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
President Trump (and his administration) have lied over a thousand times since his inauguration.  It has gotten to the point where until proven otherwise, I just assume EVERYTHING he says is either a partial truth or an outright lie.  Sad…
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Chilled And Smooth

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
   ―  Thomas Jefferson
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When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.
   ―  Thomas Jefferson
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Judicial power ought to be distinct from both the legislative and executive, and independent upon both, that so it may be a check upon both.
     —  Thomas Jefferson
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I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.
   —  Thomas Jefferson
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