Thomas Jefferson Quote on Excessive Taxation

“Excessive taxation…will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.”

— Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor, 1798)

Source:  The Patriot Post


8 Responses to Thomas Jefferson Quote on Excessive Taxation

  1. This doesn’t really have to do with the post, but I couldn’t help but notice you have banners for Thompson, Keyes, AND Huckabee. So which one’s your preference? And do you think any of them have a chance?

    What do you think of Robertson’s support of Giuliani?


  2. Tom says:


    I guess that could be confusing. I will not be disappointed if any of these three get the republican nomination and I think all three could easily defeat Hillary. I also think that these are the only three that can defeat Hillary.

    I have been a Fred Thompson supporter since I first heard that he was considering getting into the race back in the spring. Of the “frontrunners” he is the best option to get back to the Reagan ideals.

    Alan Keyes got into the race way too late and has zero chance of winning but I really like his ideas and the way he articulates them. I used to listen to his radio show and he bases everything off of his religious beliefs which I think is the way it should be. If everything was equal, my first choice might be Alan Keyes by a slim margin over Thompson.

    I began to look at Huckabee because Thompson has been struggling lately. I still think Thompson will do very well in the primaries in the South and Midwest but I don’t know if that will be enough to propel him to the nomination. Giuliani, Romney, and McCain are not viable options for me so that only left Huckabee. As I have looked at his position on various issues I have found that he will be a very good candidate. I have said all that to say that if Thompson falters then I would support Mike Huckabee without any reservations.

    I was very surprised at Pat Robertson’s endorsement of Giuliani. I can’t figure out his reasoning other than he might think that Giuliani is the only one who can beat Hillary. If that is his reason then I think he is wrong. Giuliani will not win the South and Midwest because the religious right will not vote for him. If Giuliani is the Republican candidate in the general election one of two things will happen. The religious right will vote for a third party candidate or they will not vote at all. Both of these will insure a Hillary win. With that knowledge, I can’t understand why Robertson endorsed Giuliani.


  3. From what I’ve heard, Robertson’s endorsement had something to do with a “tough-on-terrorist” stance by Giuliani. But it’s not like other candidates don’t have the same viewpoint.

    Giuliani is probably relying on the right hating Hillary more than him. It may not be a terrible gamble. He’ll lose some votes, but I don’ t think it will be in droves.

    Now if Obama manages to beat Hillary, Giuliani would be in more trouble. I’d certainly go Obama in that matchup.


  4. Kailynn says:

    Obama is ten times better than the other canidates you cannot get mad because Obama will win the election. John McCain and Sarah Palin are both dumb


  5. Tom Shelton says:


    Obama is a Marxist. Most of his proposals do not pass the constitutional test. How can anyone vote for him in good conscience?


  6. I guess you folks don’t read your New Testament. By the way, your ministers must not know what you preach when you’re not in church, since every Evangelical pastor I write says the absolute opposite of Fox News; just yesterday the leading evangelical organization in our county sent these passages to me personally. Do you recognize them?

    Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

    Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars.

    Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

    Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

    Jefferson is cool, or whatever, but the Bible is not a Free-Market Capitalist Document. In fact, it never even advocates an end to slavery. Furthermore, the Bible never obsesses about whether charity is voluntary, “Sell all you have and give it to the poor,” (I’ve never known one Christian to even give up driving a $40,000 truck if he owned one), or involuntary, “If a man robs you of your coat, give him your shirt also.” So you may be frantic that taxes are involuntary, however the Bible isn’t. And furthermore no world scripture cares about your preserving your materialism lifestyle. I’ve read the Bible over and over, all the way through twice and read the Koran Twice and the Torah Dozens of times and the Book of Mormon twice. There’s just not anti-tax, free-market message anywhere but in your head and on Fox News, which, last I checked, sorry to have to tell you, are not scriptural sources.


    • “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.”

      Obeying the law and speaking out against the government are not mutually exclusive.

      “Sell all you have and give it to the poor”

      This was never given to all Christians to do.

      “There’s just not anti-tax, free-market message anywhere”

      True. But there’s nothing (at least in the Bible) that says what the best economic system is either. A Christian is free to argue for the merits of capitalism, socialism or whatever.


    • Tom Shelton says:


      You said

      I guess you folks don’t read your New Testament. By the way, your ministers must not know what you preach when you’re not in church, since every Evangelical pastor I write says the absolute opposite of Fox News

      What I say on this blog is the same as what I say at church and I read my bible every day. I follow Prof. Horner’s Bible reading program (see here and here) and have for a little over 4 months now.

      LEP answered your other points very well so I would deal with those. What I will say is that the biblical command to obey our governmental authorities does not in any way prohibit us from seeking to change the laws or from seeking to put new people in positions of authority. In fact, Christians are commanded to work to all people (even government officials) to an understanding that God is the ultimate authority and that they should seek to do His will…not their own. I hope you will continue to read your Bible and take what it teaches to heart.


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