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What Would Thomas Jefferson Do? (2017)

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Track Name: Minister Plenipotentiary to France
"It’s worth a trip across the Atlantic just to see the wonders of France."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: A Machiavellian Nation
"The minute we start to behave as a Machiavellian nation and do only what's in our economic & political interests, then we cease — in my view — to be a republic."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: The Inauguration of March 4th, 1801
"[America was], as I put it to a close friend of mine, something new under the sun."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Liberty & Fear
"There were people who felt that I might be a dangerous man."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Term Limits
"The people are sovereign and they need to assert their sovereignty. By throwing the rascals out from time to time, they will remind government that it exists to serve us — not the other way around."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Executive Orders
"The President's purpose is primarily administrative."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: On Newton, Squirrels and Divorce
"I'm a pacifist; I try to do as little damage to the rest of the world as possible."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Rules of the Presidency
"My policy was to play down the imperial presidency and to make sure that I did nothing that could be construed as monarchical."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Freedom of the Press
"The press is vital to the success of the nation."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Town Hall Meetings
"You need to be well-prepared to be a good citizen. You need to have facts at hand and you need to be able to marshal them in a rational, intelligent and linear way."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: The Pursuit of Happiness
"There may be some misunderstanding by what I meant by 'the pursuit of happiness.'"

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Legislative Supremacy
"All positive legislation must come out of the congress of the United States. Any president who creates law from his desk should be impeached."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Family in the White House
"Family is private and there should be a wall of separation between one's private life and one's public offices."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Vice President Aaron Burr
"The person who received the largest number of electoral votes would be president and the person who received the second largest number of electoral votes would be vice president."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Appointing Judges
"There is nothing more important than judicial competence."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: The Joys of Gardening
"No occupation is so delightful to me as putting my hands into the earth."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Where to Keep Your Money
"In my ideal America, I would have preferred a barter economy to a money economy."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Social Class
"Most crime is economic crime. The economies of the Old World couldn't provide jobs and opportunities for everyone who wanted them."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Self-Reliance
"One of the great qualities of the American character was the self-reliance that was thrust upon us by the 3,000 mile ocean that separated us from the skill sets of the Old World."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Threatening Foreign Nations
"Sometimes it's necessary even if you don't mean it."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: You're Fired!
"I had what I think must be regarded as the most harmonious administration in the history of the United States."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: National Debt
"If it gets too large, it will lead to economic collapse and wars of adventure."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Newspapers Without a Government
"If the people are informed, they will govern themselves."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Isolationism
"It's not in our interest to pay much attention to the struggles and the squabbles and the chaos and the madness and the insanity and the superstitions and the corruptions of Europe."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Naturalization
"We were eager for immigrants to come from Europe. In the beginning, we had a very favorable and generous immigration system."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Independence
"You will be free as long as you work hard at being free."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Work Habits
"I had been a hard worker all of my life. From my earliest childhood, I had read five, ten, sometimes fifteen hours per day."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Honesty in Public Officials
"I don't think you can always depend upon officials to tell you everything you might need to know."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Unpopular Legislation
"The idea was that once you create this constitutional mechanism, that it will distill the will of the people."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Nepotism
"People are often unnecessarily loyal to close relatives in a way that clouds their judgment."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Military Veterans in Presidential Cabinets
"If there were a veteran, and his qualifications were equal to those of the civilian's, I always chose the veteran as an act of gratitude."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Diplomacy
"I believed, as a figure of the Enlightenment, that it's simply too late in the world's history to solve disputes through bloodshed."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson