Saturday, November 19, 2005

Thomas Jefferson, Visionary

From the founder of my alma mater, the University of Virginia (oh, and he did a few other things too):
There is on the globe one single spot, the possessor of which is our natural and habitual enemy. It is New Orleans, through which the produce of three-eighths of our territory must pass to market, and from its fertility it will ere long yield more than half of our whole produce and contain more than half our inhabitants.
Thomas Jefferson to Robert R. Livingston, April 18,1802

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, January 30, 1787
Remember these words. I hope that a national commitment to flood protection and wetlands restoration allows us to continue to be part of the United States. It would be a pity if we had to secede, take care of these issues ourselves, and become a "natural and habitual
enemy."

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