I Saw Jefferson, Crying

jeff finishedI saw Thomas Jefferson today by the Missouri River near Atchison, Kansas, crying. (I know it’s hard to believe; I hardly believe it myself!)

“Hello, Mr. President,” I said.

He fought to regain his composure.

“I am no president,” he answered.

“Ah,” I said. “What year is it where you are from?”

“It is the summer of 1776,” he said. “What colony am I in? I prayed to be taken to the future to see the greatest achievement of my lifetime. I expected to see a new nation, but found myself here by a muddy river instead. So I wept.”

I smiled. “That is no random muddy river. That is the mighty Missouri. Great explorers mapped it at your command. And this is no colony. This is Kansas, the centermost state in the 50 United States of America, which you helped found and expand — the greatest, most prosperous nation on earth in the 21st century.”

He seemed to grow taller with pride. “The United States of America!” he grinned. “Then it worked? Our idea worked?”

“It sure did,” I said.

“We were afraid it would fail,” he said. “There was so much evil in the world of 1776. Perhaps you cannot imagine such a thing now.”Witherspoon

“Don’t get me started,” I said. “We have troubles of our own.”

“Tell me,” he said. “What is the worst trouble now, in the United States of America in the 21st century?”

I bowed my head.

“It is a shameful thing,” I said. “People don’t like to talk about it. I hate to mention it. It’s abortion. Many parents abort their babies rather than bring them into the world. We justify it because they are only unborn children.”

Jefferson’s face went pale.

“But even in the womb, we have our humanity!” he said. “These must be evil people who abort!”
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“Not at all,” I said. “They are just regular people — but society does not support the family, and does not insist on morality, so it has come to this.”

“What about the churches?” said Jefferson, raising his eyebrows. “My friend John Adams will be disappointed. Do the churches fail to teach the people good morals?”

“They do fine, but the churches have been marginalized for a long time in America,” I said. “The government pushed God out of the public square. And now the government is forcing people of my faith against our consciences to pay for things we consider immoral, including abortion.”

“Shall we never rid ourselves of tyrants!” he cried. “But surely as people read the ancients, seeking after their proper happiness, they come to cherish right reason? Let reason teach them not to kill their young, and not to fear religious liberty.”

happiness“The old virtues have been rejected, Mr. Jefferson,” I said. “Truth is denounced as ‘intolerant.’ Duty is out, ‘self-fulfillment’ is in. The people pursue pleasure rather than meaning.”

Mr. Jefferson frowned and stared at the river for a long time.

Then his eyes brightened. “Have you a quill?” he asked. I gave him a pen and my notebook. He began to write furiously. When he was done, he looked up at me, beaming.

“What a fortuitous meeting,” he said. “You have saved your country!”

“How so?” I asked.

“I thank God for showing me this nightmare. Back in 1776, I am writing a document that will establish this new nation. The words I have written will ensure that this future of casual killings, weakened churches and moral cowardice will never be!”

iphoneI snapped a picture of what he had written, then handed the page to him.

“Now, angels of heaven,” he said,  “take me back to my rightful time and let the revolution begin!” He disappeared into thin air.

I eagerly looked at the picture I had taken, but a numbness spread over my body as I read it. He was right. His words were tailor-made to avoid the “nightmare” he had seen. If they were followed.

Here is what he had written:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Then, it was my turn to sit by the Missouri River and cry.



Categories:Abortion Religious Liberty

  • Erik Thomassen

    Consider the quote superposed on the sidebar portrait of James Wilson. The posted definition of when life begins is consistent with many years of Catholic doctrine, and excludes the “abortions” objected to in “Hobby Lobby”.

  • SUnger

    The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting with a razor and glue numerous sections from the New Testament as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson’s condensed composition is especially notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus was divine.

    • Harry Smith

      In other words, Jefferson made a New Testament based in reality and excluded those points not based in reality. He made Jesus real rather than super natural. Bravo Mr. Jefferson and thank-you SUnger for posting.

      • Tom Hoopes

        … but what if the Bible’s Jesus is real?

        • Harry Smith

          What if he isn’t? What do you lose?

          • Katie

            Have you ever heard of Pascal’s wager? If you willingly choose to be an atheist you go to hell for eternity.

      • Katie

        If you believe the miracles of Jesus in the bible aren’t real you’re actually in dissent against official Catholic teaching.

  • syida h. long

    I am 75 years old. I grew up in the 1950’s, somewhat golden years, at least compared to today. I wasn’t a fervent Catholic then and was too smart alecky to have an opinion about abortion, mainly because it was kind of a taboo word. I find it refreshing to watch the old movies from about 1955 backward into the ’30’s. They are just as passionate and filled with adventure, but things are in perspective, there’s a nobility about them, because morality informs them. Well, I live in today’s world. I can’t change anything, but I can live as an example of what it means to be a Catholic Christian and I can pray.
    May God Bless America!!!



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