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What Would Jefferson Say?

 

1 doi 5The 270th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson on April 13th is just a few days away.

I wrote about my favorite President, author of The Declaration of Independence, a few years ago. You can read it at this link:  The Sage of Monticello.

Today I am honoring our third President simply in his own words.

Jefferson was prescience. When you read these quotes it is as if he is still here walking among us, watching the news every night, and tweeting about the issues of the day.

He talks and writes about government over reaching, debt, monetary policy, immigration, guns.

His words are as timely and important today as they originally were.

Maybe more so.
The Declaration

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…..

The Constitution

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

 A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army.” We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

1 doi 2Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated.

Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular. From a letter to Hugh White, May 2, 1801

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.  From Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781

I have sworn upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. To Dr. Benjamin Rush (23 Sept. 1800)

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. From Kentucky Resolutions – 1798

All quotes from the web site Founding Fathers Quotes.

Featured Recipe    Breakfast Baked Potato

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Potatoes are good and healthy for us.

Today I join them in a marriage made in food heaven!

This is what you will need for 2 people:

1 potato

2 eggs

3 large or 6 or small mushrooms

4 slices of bacon

1-2 tablespoons of butter

4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese or your fave

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Parsley or chives

Left Overs: I had a pathetic piece of left over red pepper lurking in my fridge. I chopped it up and added to the recipe.

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Here is what you do:

Bake the potato; oven or microwave; which ever you prefer.

When done let the potato cool enough for you to handle without burning your fingerprints off the tips of your fingers.

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Clean and dice the mushrooms, chop the parsley and the pathetic red pepper.

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Cut the potato in half. Using a spoon, scoop out a bit of the potato leaving a medium sized border all around. You want the half potato to look like a canoe. Leave enough pottao on the sides and bottom so that the filling does not leak out.

Reserve the potatoes you just scooped out.

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Fry the bacon in a skillet. Do not microwave the bacon. You will need the grease from the bacon to sauté the mushrooms and the pepper and give them extra added flavor.

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When nice and crisp remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Break into medium sized bits.

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Add a bit of butter to the grease in the skillet. Scrape up as much of the browned bacon bits into the butter. Sauté the mushrooms and red pepper in the melted butter.

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Add the scooped out potato and some salt & pepper to the mushrooms and mix well breaking up any big lumps of potato as you mix.

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Now add most of the bacon bits and mix well. Reserve some bacon bits for topping the finished dish.

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Scramble the eggs and add to the skillet and mix into the mushrooms, bacon, and potato. Cook till the eggs are done to your taste.

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Put a scoop or two or three of the cooked egg mixture into each of the hollowed out potato shells.  Top with some shredded cheese and the reserved bacon bits.

If using, top with some diced parsley or chives.

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Enjoy your heavenly breakfast.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 potato                                        $0.50                         

2 eggs                                          $0.30

3 medium mushrooms                    $0.50

4 slices of bacon                            $1.13

1-2 tablespoons of butter                $0.25

4 tbspns shredded cheddar             $0.52

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Parsley                           $0.04             

Left Overs: Pathetic red pepper    $0.11

Total cost = $3.35
Cost per serving = $1.68

Quote of the Day

The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of a free society.

Abraham Lincoln

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8 comments to What Would Jefferson Say?

  • Great reminders of the wisdom of one of America’s founding fathers, you are exactly right with your statement that he could be here right now observing and commenting on current events.

  • I not only share Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, I share his philosophy. I wish we had a leader like Thomas Jefferson today.

    • Roberta

      You share Jefferson’s birth date!?! WOW! Even better, you share his philosophy. I have the same wish as you….a leader that even had one-half of Jefferson’s intelligence and philosophy would be a big and wonderful chnage on the insipid politicians of today.

  • I also share Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday but I try to do it up with more booze than he would have ever had for his B-Day!!
    Hugs, Kate

    • Roberta

      WOW!! What are the odds of that?…two of MTTD regualars share Jefferson’s birth date. Cool. Happy Birthday Kate!

  • I think Jefferson would have approved of this breakfast. I love visiting Monticello. What an amazing man to have built that place. So far ahead of his time. Happy pre-birthday to you both.