Misquoting Thomas Jefferson
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Oh, shoot. It looks sometimes like we misquote him as badly as the xians do:
yeah. I wish they wouldn't do that...anyone. Doesn't make it less true though. Ah well. Stoopid humans.
Are there any Americans misquoted or quoted out of context more than the Founders?
Probably not. It's crazy. Every side wants to stake them for themselves regardless of how he felt in reality and often in direct contradiction to his writings.
It doesn't remotely sound like Jefferson. Thomas Paine, on the other hand...
Too bad Paine is not nearly as recognizable, or exploitable, as Jefferson. TJ seems to be the favorite of all sides, oddly enough.
I'd attribute Paine's low profile to his lack of an HBO miniseries. I imagine Saul Rubinek narrowly escaping execution in France and telling off George Washington would make for some compelling drama.
Putting him on money might help, too. How about the $0.75 piece? Now that James Madison has finally been put on circulated dollars, all we need is Thomas Paine and all of the major Founders would be complete.
Even if Jefferson thought it, he was probably too much of a politician to have ever said it in any way that could come back on him.
I find it disturbing that they seem to be going ahead with the billboard anyway.
Just for the record, Paine was not an atheist, as is often claimed (the well-known T. Roosevelt quote, for examle); I believe he considred himself to be a deist.
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