Today is a great milestone for the United States of America.  But…I wonder if our schools will even take the time to mention this major event?  We don’t recognize it with parades; it is not proclaimed a national holiday; it is not even on most calendars.  However, the event that happened today, 268 years ago, changed the course of not only this country, but the world.  The event? 

The birth of THOMAS JEFFERSON 

Portrait of Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale 1800
Portrait of Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale 1800
 
Perhaps, more than any other of our Founding Fathers, Jefferson’s view of building a government that would simply administer the necessities of the union of states, while allowing men to live free and as they pleased, was the truest compliation of the “idea” of the new venture of the United States of America. 
Wikipedia describes Jefferson as:

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826)[1] was the third President of the United States (1801–1809) and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). An influential Founding Father, Jefferson envisioned America as a great “Empire of Liberty” that would promote republicanism.[2]

This great thinker was not a politician; he was a man of learning, a man of books, history and common sense.  His insight into the nature of man is evident in the text of the Declaration of Independence – his greatest literary achievement.
Take time today to talk to your friends and family about this unique, querky and brilliant man who built a republic worth keeping. 
The following sites have wonderful information:
A very intriquing book about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson is: The Real Thomas Jefferson: The True Story of America’s Philosopher of Freedom, by Andrew Anderson

Available through Amazon.com, below is their product description:

Jefferson is the central figure in American history, and…he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past–historians can. His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly reinterpreted by each new generation of biographers.

There is no better example of this kind of metamorphosis than Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Since his death in 1826, he has been alternately vilified and deified by writers of varying motivations. In The Real Thomas Jefferson, by allowing Jefferson to explain his life and ideas in his own words, we have tried to ensure that his spirit, not ours, will breathe in these pages so that all who read them will become acquainted with Jefferson himself — not another second-hand interpretation. His biography is set forth in Part I, and Part II brings together the most insightful passages from his writings, arranged by subject.

Highly acclaimed by many, including Glenn Beck of the Fox News Channel. Published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to restoring Constitutional principles in the tradition of America’s Founding Fathers. The National Center for Constitutional Studies…is doing a fine public service in educating Americans about the principles of the Constitution. — Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

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