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What Would Thomas Jefferson Do? (2018)

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released January 3, 2018

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The Thomas Jefferson Hour Bismarck, North Dakota

The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a weekly radio program dedicated to the search for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson.

Nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, Clay S. Jenkinson, portrays Jefferson on the program, and he answers listener questions while in the persona of our third president.
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Track Name: Federal Agencies
"I'm a little concerned to think that this, our happy republic, has a federal bureau of police."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Funding Exploratory Expeditions
"If there is other intelligent life in the universe, then it's in our interest to try to find that out."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: The Size of Federal Government
"Your vote is your power to control your destiny."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: The Importance of Studying History
"Human nature is a constant."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Classified Information
"I trust the people."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: State of the Union
"Majesty is not one of the missions of a free people."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Life, Liberty, Happiness, and Gun Rights
"Life is the most important of our rights."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Gerrymandering
"In your time, because of your extraordinary capacity for demographics, you could create scientific congressional districts that would be more likely to be fair and honest than any system that could be devised by a group of politicians."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Elbridge Gerry
"There needs to be a fairness principle."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Soil
"When we have our hands in the soil, we are necessarily humble in the best possible meaning of that term."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Twitter
"It's hard to believe that a great nation can go about its important public business on 280 characters."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: March for Our Lives
"Whenever this occurs, it's a good sign."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Spirit of Discovery
"Exploration was a very important factor in my life."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Saving Seeds
"We could buy seeds, but that's not really agriculture or even gardening."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Partisanship
"Politics came in like a snake in the garden of Eden to damage our American paradise."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Destroying Correspondence
"I had a very lively sense of privacy."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Presidential Subpoenas
"I'm glad that the executive branch has been allowed to be sovereign in its own duties."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Domestic Dependent Sovereigns
"The aboriginal inhabitants of these countries I have regarded with the commiseration their history inspires."

— Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address
Track Name: Entangling Alliances with None
"peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none"

— Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
Track Name: Reading Habits
"I cannot live without books"

— Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Government Investigations
"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute"

— Robert Goodloe Harper
Track Name: Declaration of Independence
"I played a small role. I was just the penman of this thing"

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Supreme Court Appointments
"It is not a great privilege to name a Supreme Court justice."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Cartography
"I made a special devotion to collecting all of the maps that I could."

— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
Track Name: Defending America in the World Arena
"The duty of the President of the United States is to be the principal articulator of America's values."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: A Test of a Free Society
"I would never call the press the enemy to the people of the United States."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Traveling West
"I would have been able to produce an account of that tour — and I mean no self-aggrandizement in saying this, but just from the sheer discipline of writing every day at great length — would have been one of the classics of the literature of exploration."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Enemy of the People
"Whatever's wrong with the press, we must defend it, because the alternative is tyranny."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Civil Discourse
"I think the American people are overwhelmingly good and decent."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: How to Handle Partisan Division
"I believe that each faction, each party, has a moral duty to reach over to the other and to try to find common ground, and that each party should take the lead in being civil and respectful and generous."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Honoring John McCain
"A statesman is one who always asks what is best for this country."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Other Explorations of the West
"Down in the southwest, two expeditions occurred during my presidency."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Illuminati and Freemasons
"They existed to promote an Enlightenment view of the world. They had no secret agenda to displace Popes, or to put certain despots on the crown, or remove them, or anything else."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Setting Precedents
"The Senate's role is to make sure that somebody wholly unfit for that office is not confirmed, especially for a life-tenured appointment."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Natural-Born Citizen Clause
"I don't think there's anything wrong with insisting upon a native-born American to serve as the president of the United States."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Emancipation
"I realized that this was so deeply rooted in the American social, economic, and political life, that it was going to take an extraordinary movement to rid ourselves of slavery."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Ancient Rome's Influence
"If you study this, you'll know what can go wrong, and maybe you'll be able to prevent it"

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Water
"I would hope the states would handle that and the government of the United States would only serve as a referee."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Voting
"Everyone in that public place would know which candidate he voted for."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Jamal Khashoggi
"We need to protest firmly without any ambiguity whatsoever."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Divided Government
"Without checks and balances, you cannot maintain a republic."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Thanksgiving
"The national government of the United States is not entitled to intrude into the religious sensibilities of the people."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Poplar Forest
"All the rooms are octagonal or semi-octagonal, except the main dining room, which is a perfect cube."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Aristocracy and Meritocracy
"We strived for that. We may not have achieved that."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Liberal Education
"You can have all the information in the world, but it doesn't mean anything unless you have a mental matrix with which to absorb it, evaluate it, analyze it, begin to synthesize it. That's why we go to college."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Edmond-Charles Genêt
"We couldn't allow a French national to be here, stirring up anti-administration feeling in this country, or fitting out privateers in our wars."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
Track Name: Christmas Celebrations
"Happy holidays to all."

— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson