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Some election issues are timeless.
Thomas Jefferson writes on the issues of his day, and ours.

November 1, 2012

Predict the presidential election

Who will win the presidential election? Help us predict the winner, and remember to vote on election day.

Who will win the presidential election?

  • Barack Obama (30%, 2,068 Votes)
  • Mitt Romney (69%, 4,769 Votes)
  • Third-party candidate (1%, 57 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,894

October 25, 2012

What rights are at stake in November’s election?

“It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the man of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights . . . In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

Thomas Jefferson's Kentucky Resolutions, 1798

October 18, 2012

Is government too big?

“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning-knife.”

Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1821

October 11, 2012

Are vice presidents relevant?

“The second office of this government is honorable & easy, the first is but a splendid misery.”

–Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1797.

October 4, 2012

Do debates affect voters’ opinions?

“I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many on their getting warm, becoming rude, and shooting one another.”

–Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 1808.

September 27, 2012

Who holds power in government?

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.”

–Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782.