Revising Jefferson

When Barbary was capturing and ransoming American citizens, or else selling them into slavery, and a substantial portion of the federal treasury was going to either pay ransom or else to pay “tribute” (aka bribery to the pirates to not attack and plunder ships flying our flag), Jefferson oversaw a huge national effort to have issues of the Koran published and widely read, that Americans would better know and appropriately fear the enemies of our country.  Not selected excerpts.
The whole book.
Jefferson had confidence in the American citizen being able to recognize the threat therein to freedom and liberty.

That was when he launched his campaign to finance a federal navy.  “Millions for defense.  Not ONE cent for tribute.”

Laughable that revisionist history is now painting a picture that the Koran among Jefferson’s personal effects after he died was there because he”valued” the book. It was there because he saw it as a danger to America and so kept it.

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About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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4 Responses to Revising Jefferson

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    And this speaks volumes about the deplorable condition in which we find the supposed education system that has existed for quite some time in this country. I know this, but I didn’t learn it in school. I had to learn for myself and isn’t that what we education is? The knowledge of how to learn and explore for oneself. (Gads I hope that makes sense.)

    • drrik says:

      Education “teaches” you to learn. Actually ideally directed, as opposed to the soaking everything up like a sponge that people do naturally until TV and the public school system squelches it.

  2. bullright says:

    Beautiful. yea I hadn’t heard the whole thing before but they do use that red herring about the Koran. Jefferson must be the most abused or misinterpreted man in history. One thing for sure we still need to know the threat. I would have said ‘understand Islam’, i.e.the koran, but that implies sympathizing with it, since Leftists’ idea of understanding something is to excuse it. (evil for example)

    • drrik says:

      The media made a big deal about that Islamist congressman being sworn in on Jefferson’s Koran. Neglected to mention his abhorance of it and all of the effort that he did to sell the country on the idea that it was evil incarnate, which was why he was able to succesfully raise a navy.

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