Thomas Jefferson and the defeat of the Romney oligarchy

I love a good Thomas Jefferson quote. Besides the Jeffersonian Bible, which removed all references to miracles and the supernatural, the author of the Declaration of Independence also wrote the following.

"But this opens with a vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who, having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of '76, now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and monied incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry."Thomas Jefferson, referring to the Federalists, an aristocratic political party that favored the rich, and the banks and factories they owned. (Sound familiar?)

"I hope we shall take warning from the example [of a corrupt English aristocracy] and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country." -- Thomas Jefferson

How do you think Thomas Jefferson would feel about the powerful influence of corporations in your government today?

  • SteveInCO

    I hate to tell you this but Jefferson did NOT author the Constitution (and I see that mistake a lot), he authored the declaration of independence.

    Jefferson was not involved with the constitution at all, and if memory serves he opposed its ratification.

  • Gallup's Mirror

    Fixed it, thank you. I'll resume doing my (usually quite thorough) homework now.

    Why did you hate telling me?