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[[category:misquotes]]Misquoting [[Thomas Jefferson]] seems to be a popular [[left-wing]] pastime.
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Here are some things Jefferson did ''not'' say but which are widely attributed to him:
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Misquoting [[Thomas Jefferson]] seems to be a popular pastime on both sides of the political spectrum. Some things Jefferson did ''not'' say but which are widely attributed to him include the following:
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-While Jefferson was not a conventional Christian (he had a problem with the idea of a virgin birth) he clearly was a Christian. A study of his personal writings show his signing of his name beneath the quote "In the year of our Lord Jesus Christ," added to that his personal contributions to various Christian Churches, and finally the publishing of the Jefferson Bible in the early 20th century by the Congress of the United States are testaments to the mistake of attributing this quote to Thomas Jefferson for which there is no known source.
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===Democracy is Mob Rule===
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==Democracy==
A [[democracy]] is nothing more than [[mob rule]], where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
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| A [[democracy]] is nothing more than [[mob rule]], where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
* '''2007-08-15''' [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/14/AR2007081401703_pf.html Rove's 'Mob' Remark: An Age-Old Social Slur]: "The esteemed founder never said it. The folks at Monticello's research library witheringly say that old saw has been dogging him for years."
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===attributions===
'''Attributions''':
 
 
* [http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/chu6.html Bevin Chu, on LewRockwell.com]
 
* [http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/chu6.html Bevin Chu, on LewRockwell.com]
 
* [http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_democracy_is_nothing_more_than_mob_rule-where/225983.html Thinkexist.com] (index of quotations)
 
* [http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_democracy_is_nothing_more_than_mob_rule-where/225983.html Thinkexist.com] (index of quotations)
 
* '''2008-12-31''' [http://meltdown2011.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/were-a-republic-not-a-democracy/ Meltdown 2011: We're a Republic, NOT a Democracy]
 
* '''2008-12-31''' [http://meltdown2011.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/were-a-republic-not-a-democracy/ Meltdown 2011: We're a Republic, NOT a Democracy]
===Social Welfare Will Kill Democracy===
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* '''2007-08-15''' [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/14/AR2007081401703_pf.html Rove's 'Mob' Remark: An Age-Old Social Slur]: "The esteemed founder never said it. The folks at Monticello's research library witheringly say that old saw has been dogging him for years."
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
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==Government==
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|A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have....
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* [http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/government-big-enough-to-give-you-everything-you-wantquotation Monticello] has not found this anywhere in Jefferson's writings
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| My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
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* [http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/bad-government-results-too-much-government-quotation Monticello] says "This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears some slight resemblance to a statement he made in a letter to John Norvell of June 14, 1807: "History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." However, the quotation as it appears above can definitely be attributed to John Sharp Williams in a speech about Jefferson, which has most likely been mistaken at some point for a direct quotation of Jefferson."
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==Gun Laws==
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| Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.
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* '''2012-08-05''' [http://www.infowars.com/cold-hard-facts-on-gun-bans-the-cost-of-liberty-can-be-measured-in-the-loss-of-life/ Cold Hard Facts On Gun Bans: "The Cost Of Liberty Can Be Measured In the Loss of Life"] (Mac Slavo @ Infowars)
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* [http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/laws-forbid-carrying-armsquotation Monticello]: while he never said it himself, he did include the quote in his ''Legal Commonplace Book'' (which may or may not indicate approval).
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| 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.
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[http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/strongest-reason-people-retain-right-keep-and-bear-arms-quotation Montecello] says "This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It is often seen preceded by the sentence, "No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms," which is from Jefferson's draft of the Virginia Constitution."
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"...I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature...": a quote with [[/Christianity|two versions]]
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| The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
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===attributions===
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* [http://www.democracyisnotfreedom.com/ Democracy Is Not Freedom]: sidebar on left
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I can't find a definitive statement that he did not say this, but it's not in any of the reliable collections and nobody cites a source for it.
 
I can't find a definitive statement that he did not say this, but it's not in any of the reliable collections and nobody cites a source for it.
 
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'''Attributions''':
 
* [http://www.democracyisnotfreedom.com/ Democracy Is Not Freedom] (sidebar)
 
* [http://www.sovereigntycolorado.com/ Sovereignty Colorado]
 

Latest revision as of 20:54, 29 August 2015

Misquoting Thomas Jefferson seems to be a popular pastime on both sides of the political spectrum. Some things Jefferson did not say but which are widely attributed to him include the following:

Democracy

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

attributions

reality

Government

A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have....

reality

  • Monticello has not found this anywhere in Jefferson's writings
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

reality

  • Monticello says "This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears some slight resemblance to a statement he made in a letter to John Norvell of June 14, 1807: "History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." However, the quotation as it appears above can definitely be attributed to John Sharp Williams in a speech about Jefferson, which has most likely been mistaken at some point for a direct quotation of Jefferson."

Gun Laws

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.

attributions

reality

  • Monticello: while he never said it himself, he did include the quote in his Legal Commonplace Book (which may or may not indicate approval).
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.

reality

Montecello says "This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It is often seen preceded by the sentence, "No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms," which is from Jefferson's draft of the Virginia Constitution."

Religion

"...I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature...": a quote with two versions

Social Welfare

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

attributions

reality

I can't find a definitive statement that he did not say this, but it's not in any of the reliable collections and nobody cites a source for it.