Perhaps you should dig into the text a little more instead of posting memes, it would help expand your understanding of Voltaire, his role in the Enlightenment philosophy and indeed modern philosophy in general. (if bon mots made one a philosopher most of us here would qualify).
Don't take my word for it, how about the Voltaire foundation at Oxford University?
"Voltaire’s contribution to the history of Enlightenment philosophy is minimal, and he cannot be considered a significant or original thinker."
A literary giant and man of letters yes, but a philosopher in the modern sense of term, iffy at best. That's why shared definitions are important to understanding.
But hey, if Wikipedia level knowledge is your guide to truth I again stand corrected.
"Voltaire (who is probably better defined as a pre/Enlightenment writer not philosopher)"
"If we are talking about the political thinkers and and philosophers which influenced the formation and foundation of The United States of America then I am still quite correct in their desire to have an orderly society based on rule of law (as derived from natural law and reason). I can list their names and treatises but it probably wouldn't matter. If however you are simply talking about some patchwork definition of the Enlightenment as you seem to be viewing and using it as, then I will admit you are probably correct."
Since your nationalistic definition of the Enlightenment appears to be only the philosophers who influenced the formation of the U.S. and the rest are some "patchwork," then yes, you are incorrect.
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