I'm not much for founding father worship (to treat them as final authorities belies the democratic spirit, not to mention Jefferson's and Madison's own thoughts on democratic experimentalism). But you would expect a president to be faithful to the words of Jefferson. Not this president...
Here's the president's citation from Jefferson in his speech at Monticello on July 4:The former is Bush's ideological version of what is otherwise a typically anti-authoritarian statement by Jefferson, a concern that dominated traditional liberal political thought. Bush excludes that part.
In one of the final letters of his life, he wrote, "May it be to the world, what I believe it will be -- to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all -- the Signal of arousing men to burst the chains, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government."
Here's the original:
May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.