US Constitution, Amendments & Declaration of Independence
|Thomas Jefferson said, "The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors."
In his first inaugural address, Jefferson enumerated these five purposes of government:
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 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
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