America, awash in red ink !!

Thomas Jefferson  

His Portrait is on the Two $2.00   Dollar Bill.     

Thomas Jefferson   was a very remarkable man who started learning very   early in life and never stopped.   At 5, began   studying under his cousin's tutor.   At 9, studied   Latin, Greek and French.   At 14, studied   classical literature and additional languages.   At 16, entered   the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand  while writing the same in Latin with the other.   At 19, studied   Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.   At 23, started   his own law practice.   At 25, was   elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.   At 31, wrote the   widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" And  retired from his law practice.   At 32, was a   delegate to the Second Continental Congress.   At 33, wrote the   Declaration of Independence.   At 33, took   three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education  bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.   At 36, was   elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick  Henry.   At 40, served in   Congress for two years.   At 41, was the   American   to France and negotiated commercial treaties with  European nations along with Ben   Franklin and John Adams..   At 46, served as   the first Secretary of State under George  Washington.   At 53, served as   Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical  Society.   At 55, drafted   the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican  Party.   At 57, was   elected the third president of the United  States.   At 60, obtained   the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's  size.   At 61, was   elected to a second term as President.   At 65, retired   to Monticello ..   At 80, helped   President Monroe shape the  Monroe  Doctrine.   At 81, almost   single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first  president.   At 83, died on   the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along  with John Adams.   Thomas Jefferson   knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature  of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand  today.   Jefferson really   knew his stuff.  

A voice from the   past to lead us in the future:  

John F. Kennedy   held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds  in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "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."    

"When we   get piled upon one another in large cities, as in  Europe, we shall  become as corrupt as Europe ."   -- Thomas   Jefferson  

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

"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."    --   Thomas  Jefferson  

"I   predict future happiness for   North Americans if they can prevent the government   from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of  them."   --   Thomas  Jefferson  

"My   reading of history convinces me that most bad government results   from too much government."   -- Thomas   Jefferson  

"No free   man shall ever be debarred the use of  arms."   -- Thomas   Jefferson  

"The   strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms  is, as a   last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in  government."    --   Thomas  Jefferson  

"The   tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to  time with the   blood of patriots and tyrants."   -- 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  

 

You Would Never Have Guessed:
Captain Kangaroo passed away on  January 23, 2004 as age 76 , which is odd, because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27 )

His death reminded me of the following story:


Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3- and 4-star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.  His marker gives his name, rank (PFC) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why in the world does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:  I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.

 

 

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima . There is only one higher Naval award...  The Medal Of Honor!

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog from 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson': His guest was Lee Marvin Johnny said,  "
Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ...and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But,Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?' 'Well Bob... If you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!' Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew. The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan. You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo..."

 

 

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.  America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.  Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.  Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.  Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom.. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers.

in a heartbeat

 

 

Another actor singer hero, the great Martha Raye...effectionately known as Colonel Maggie 

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