20 January 2017
Inauguration Speech of Thomas Jefferson 4 March, 1801Friends and Fellow-Citizens:CALLED upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire.
10 June 2013
Let me read to you how a Founding Father accepted his inauguration. This will come as a shock to you people, but I actually have here in my hands the text of Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address. Yes, even back then those old fuddy-duddy guys in white stockings and powdered wigs gave addresses when they were inaugurated. The striking thing about Jefferson’s inauguration is the humility and the humble attitude that he approached it as. Which you’ll hear here in the text when I get into it.
01 May 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I mentioned earlier that today is the anniversary of George Washington’s first inauguration in New York City. It was a very festive occasion. According to some that witnessed the event, it was also an event that was met with an awful lot of trepidation and dis-certitude. People didn’t know what was going to become of this new government they created. Here to fill us in a little bit about the greatness is Professor Dr. Kevin Gutzman. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
05 March 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Approximately 240 years ago the Congress and Senate were supposed to have their first meeting to elect the first President of the United States of America... but not enough Senators showed up to form a quorum. There were enough Congressmen there, but it took them several weeks and numerous letters to get some of the Senators (ahem,Virginia, ahem) there. And of course, when enough finally got to Federal Hall in New York, they elected George Washington first President of the United States of America... but still not everyone was there and some of the states still had not ratified the Constitution. Can you imagine something like that happening today? Senators and congressmen not attending the Inauguration or the first day of a new session? They would be absolutely scorned in public. But many members of the first Congress were apathetic and ambivalent to their office, since it didn't have much authority anyways... For more be sure and check out today's Founders TV and sign up for a Founders Pass if you don't already have one.
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - What would Jefferson then say about how we’re so far out of scale today? What we mean by scale is you can’t have representation when your representative represents 709,000 people. That’s just a pipedream. What would Jefferson and company then do if they were going to try and arrest this evil that we all seem possessed of? My wager is that they would look towards establishing a much smaller, more representative government under which to live. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - In the 32 years that intervened, has anything that Reagan was warning about back in 1981, has any of it been mitigated? Has it been solved? Has it been healed? Has it been fixed? Has it been repaired? Do we spend less than we take in? Have we gotten our house in order? As individuals, do we have our houses in order? The answer is no. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - The American tradition is not necessarily changing power. The American tradition is congratulating one’s self on the illusion that there is this thing called freedom. If you were to define freedom, what is freedom? Is freedom freewill? Is it the exercise of freewill, living under the moral order of God? Is that what freedom is? If it is, then please explain to me how you are free today. You certainly may be free to do certain things but under penalty of confiscation of wealth and under penalty of imprisonment. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Things were a little different when Thomas Jefferson became president of the United States... there was no motorcade with limos, no 10-inch thick bulletproof glass, no Beyoncé singing the national anthem, not even any microphones. But what TJ's inauguration did have was the spirit of Independence and Liberty. Jefferson walked right up to the Capitol building dressed as "a plain citizen without any distinctive badge of office" and delivered his 1721 word speech to the Senate Chamber despite being a poor public speaker. It was also important because Jefferson felt he had to undo some of the harm he felt the Washington and Adams administration had done by over-reaching their power as President. Learn more about Jefferson's inauguration in today's Founders TV, if you don't have a Founders Pass, sign up for one right here!