Tina Lewis Rowe

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Thomas Jefferson On Being United

Thomas Jefferson, like all Presidents–and the rest of us–expressed many opinions that could be isolated and used to support almost anything. So, I’m not suggesting that this one quotation is a summation of all he believed. However, since he said it in the second paragraph of his first Inaugural Address it undoubtedly was a priority for him.

The sentiments could be applied after most elections, at any governmental level and in any organization, and are worthy of our sincere consideration.

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.

November 13th, 2012 Posted by | Life and Work | 6 comments


  1. On Sunday our senior pastor had everyone shake hands or hug and promise to stop mourning or celebrating and just love one another. A few wouldn’t participate even in that but for many it was a healing time. Blessings on you this week. Our family prayed for you extra when you were traveling and I hope your classes went well. Don

    Comment by Don R | November 13, 2012

  2. I’m SO glad the election is over but in our department some people won’t even talk to other people. One person in another section is quitting after Thankgsgiving because she said she can’t stand to work with people who gave away the country! I just don’t get that!

    Comment by denisek | November 13, 2012

  3. That is a powerful thought that needs to be said now. I would like to see all candidates unite and say they will work together at least on things they can agree about, if there is anything they can agree about.

    Comment by Razor Back | November 14, 2012

  4. The difference being that in Thomas Jefferson’s day both parties were American. I dont see a reason to have affection for people who want to destroy our country and take away any rights people like Jefferson were willing to die for. Sorry, but your idea of tolerance is my idea of collaboration with the enemy.

    Comment by E.S. | November 14, 2012

  5. I’ll quote you: “…expressed many opinions that could be isolated and used to support almost anything.”

    Though this quote was not your point, it bears quoting itself. Thank you for the clarity, Tina. 🙂

    Comment by JSM | November 15, 2012

  6. Ms. Rowe, I’m from the UK, where we are accustomed to our political leaders yelling at each other and interrupting during debates. I’ve always admired the USA for having a better way of doing things. What has been happening recently worries many of us. The quotation by a great statesman reminds us of the need for more great statesmen.

    Comment by UK Reader | November 15, 2012

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