The sole quotation cited in President Bush’s 13-minute final address to the nation last night was from Thomas Jefferson’s 1816 letter to John Adams in which he wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
The crew and passengers of the Thomas Jefferson helped rescue more than 50 US Airways passengers stranded in the icy Hudson River after Thursday's plane crash.
"They were cheering when we pulled up," said Capt. Vince Lombardi. more »
...all men are created equal... —Declaration of Independence, 1776
This phrase has been the idea more than the American reality, but it has inspired generations to help create a more perfect union. more »
Jefferson's letter to Cabell is one of the fullest elaborations of his federal theory (the other is another 1816 letter, to Samuel Kercheval). Advocates of "strong" or "participatory" democracy invoke these letters, usually acknowledging that they refer to local self-government in what Jefferson calls "ward republics," but without grasping the fuller implications of Jeffersonian federalism. I'd like to emphasize an apparent paradox.more »
When Jefferson penned these words he was thinking of the kind of participatory "ward" democracy that took place in New England town meetings, the kind of democracy that still only takes place in small towns where people personally discuss and vote on issues relating to their communities. There is no doubt that this sort of democracy gives people an acute sense that they are participating on a regular basis in real self-government.more »