I wish President Bush and many of those presidents before him had taken the words of Jefferson to heart before they did many of the things they did. I know it is against basic human nature to not utilize the power you control. Just look at all those yahoos in congress to see an example of abused power.
I have read quite extensively on Jefferson so I know the words above were at the heart of his nature.
OOPS – I guess I was in too much a hurry to get this weekend quote out and forgot to add the quote!!! Sorry about that. Can’t find it now. But isn’t that a nice life size bronze of Jefferson at the visitors center outside Monticello. 🙂