A Great and Glorious Inaugural Address — from 1801

Thomas Jefferson
3rd President of the United States
First Inaugural Address Given at the Capitol Building,
Washington, DC
Wednesday, March 4, 1801

“… what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people?

Still one thing more, fellow citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

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  1. This is such a refreshing speech – and to the point. Recently I watched the HBO John Adams film on DVD. It was quite eye opening and interesting so see where we came from, how our country prospered through a handful of men of ideals. But even then, there were disagreements. Jefferson would be rolling right now.. What can we do? Who _is John Galt? More importantly, _where is he?

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