Personal Attacks on Thomas Jefferson
Dear Friends, There is no greater celebration in America than the Fourth of July. It represents the birth of liberty in America. It represents the document and the philosophical thinking behind our Founders’ quest for the ultimate purpose of government. It recalls to our memory the very reasons for our hope in America. It is a joyous occasion. It was an occasion foreseen by John Adams in these words: "But whatever may be our fate, be assured, … that this declaration will stand. It may cost treasure, and it may cost blood; but it will stand, and it will richly compensate for both. Through the thick gloom of the present I see the brightness of the future as the sun in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immortal day. When we are in our graves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations. On its annual return they will shed tears, copious, gushing tears, not of subjection and slavery, not of agony and distress, but of exultation, of gratitude, and of joy. Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I begun, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence, now, and INDEPENDENCE FOREVER." (quoted in This Nation Shall Endure by Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 34-35.) Of course, the credit for authoring the Declaration of Independence goes to Thomas Jefferson, America’s Philosopher of Freedom. When it comes to the story of America and its formula for freedom and happiness of mankind, no one is looked to more than Jefferson. He is freedom’s trailblazer. It is perhaps for this reason, that Thomas Jefferson is the most vilified by the enemies of freedom. It was so in his day and it remains so today, even at a more feverish pitch.