Tina Lewis Rowe

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Thomas Jefferson’s Thoughts About Mean-Spirited Politics

From Thomas Jefferson’s Second Inaugural address:

Let us then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.

And let us reflect, that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little, if we countenance a political intolerance, as despotic, as wicked, and as capable of bitter persecutions.

October 26th, 2010 Posted by | Life and Work | 5 comments


  1. What a wonderful quote! I printed it for my bulletin board.

    Comment by Coffeeclub | October 28, 2010

  2. Amen!

    Comment by SG9932 | October 28, 2010

  3. Good thoughts from a brilliant man. I wonder how he would fare in this day and age? Probably they’d have a skit about him on SNL. Thank you for your work. F.

    Comment by F. M. | November 1, 2010

  4. This election has worn me out! I’m ready for it to be over but worried about some things too.

    Comment by en1479 | November 1, 2010

  5. This is a wonderful quotation! Thank you!

    Comment by P.K. | January 10, 2011

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