It has gotten me thinking about the virtues of hypocrisy.
Jeffersonian Ideology A marble mosaic of Greek goddess Minerva in the Library of Congress symbolizes the preservation of civilization as well as the promotion of the arts and sciences. He made major contributions as a politician, statesman, diplomat, intellectual, writer, scientist, and philosopher.
No other figure among the Founding Fathers shared the depth and breadth of his wide-ranging intelligence.
His presidential vision impressively combined philosophic principles with pragmatic effectiveness as a politician. Jefferson also felt that the central government should be "rigorously frugal and simple.
Limiting the federal government flowed from his strict interpretation of the Constitution. Finally, Jefferson also committed his presidency to the protection of civil liberties and minority rights. As he explained in his inaugural address in"though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
His crucial sense of what mattered most in life grew from a deep appreciation of farming, in his mind the most virtuous and meaningful human activity. As he explained in his Notes on the State of Virginia"Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
To him, financial speculation and the development of urban industry both threatened to rob men of the independence that they maintained as farmers. Debt, on the one hand, and factory work, on the other, could rob men of the economic autonomy essential for republican citizens.
He supported international commerce to benefit farmers and wanted to see new technology widely incorporated into ordinary farms and households to make them more productive.
During his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson was accused of having an adulterous affair with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. Jefferson pinpointed a deeply troubling problem. How could republican liberty and democratic equality be reconciled with social changes that threatened to increase inequality?
The awful working conditions in early industrial England loomed as a terrifying example.
For Jefferson, western expansion provided an escape from the British model. As long as hard working farmers could acquire land at reasonable prices, then America could prosper as a republic of equal and independent citizens.
First, his hopes for the incorporation of technology at the household level failed to grasp how poverty often pushed women and children to the forefront of the new industrial labor.
Second, an equal place for Native Americans could not be accommodated within his plans for an agrarian republic.
Slavery was obviously incompatible with true democratic values. Our final assessment of Jeffersonian Democracy rests on a profound contradiction. Jefferson was the single most powerful individual leading the struggle to enhance the rights of ordinary people in the early republic.
For all his greatness, Jefferson did not transcend the pervasive racism of his day.This significant election was the first time in the nation's history that one party, the Federalists, was removed from power and another party, the Republicans, took their place.
We are all Republicans, This does not excuse Jefferson’s blatant hypocrisy but does, I think, illustrate the complexity of humans, then and now. The Sinister Reason the U.S. Persists in. May 25, · The Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.
By We certainly don’t want leading Republicans to tumble into hypocrisy, so let’s refresh their memories.
There was no better reason . Jefferson and his contemporaries struggled, often unsuccessfully, to reconcile the conflicting claims of nation-building and natural rights, of power and liberty, and of slavery and freedom. Their legacy to us is the history of the conflicts that engaged them—and should engage us—in fulfilling the American Revolution's promise, to the nation and the world.
Our final assessment of Jeffersonian Democracy rests on a profound contradiction. Jefferson was the single most powerful individual leading the struggle to enhance the rights of .
Republicans like to play the pro-life card. It makes their base think they are worthy of votes and financial support. But there is no greater example of Republican hypocrisy than on the issue of abortion.
After Trump won the presidency in the November election and the Republicans retained their.