Sunday is the is the anniversary of the day in 1789 that Congress approved, among other appointments to our newly formed government by George Washington, John Jay as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. In honor of that anniversary, I’m (again) sharing two quotes that seems to be remarkably relevant to the situation we find ourselves in now. Definite food for thought.
In Federalist #5, Jay noted:
“Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good will and kind conduct more speedily changed.”
And it strikes me that quite a few well-meaning people that I know succumb to this in recent years.
In 1799, Jefferson wrote this regarding the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution, an amendment that appears to be increasingly under siege:.
“I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another, for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.” Thomas Jefferson, 1799
Have a good weekend.