Tuesday, July 11, 2006

votinglinks issue number one

The influence over government must be shared among all the people. If every individual which composes their mass participates of the ultimate authority, the government will be safe...

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/JefVirg.html


The fool has as great a right to express his opinion by vote as the wise, because he is equally free, and equally master of himself.

Thomas Jefferson, Address to the Cherokee Nation, 1809
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1100.htm


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