Thanks Melinda, for inviting me to join this blog.
I have another quote from Thomas Jefferson, on the proper role of government, that I'd like to share:
"A wise and frugal government shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." - Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
My Christmas wish this year is that our governmnet today would take heed to what Jefferson said then.