I spent the morning with the works of Thomas Jefferson, as well as historic accounts of the “First Party” era – a period that defined American politics from around 1792 to 1818.
Jefferson is of course, the principle writer of the Declaration of Independence.
Although Jefferson is still a name that everyone “knows,” I believe that a re-analysis of his writings reveals just how modern his thinking on politics and society was. He was a visionary and his writings deserve to be brought to the forefront of this movement to take back our government from the global forces and new world order. We can not let those who wish to smear his writings with the tar of his personal life revise history to the point where we lose his important voice. He truly is the founding father for our rights as individuals.
Some history: Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father – a true renaissance man. He served as the 3rd president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Thomas Jefferson was the second vice president of the United States and the first US secretary of state under George Washington. Jefferson was an advocate for democracy, republicanism, and individual rights. He helped motivate American colonists to break from the clutches of Great Britain to form a new nation and in this capacity, he produced formative documents and decisions at both state and national levels. As the second Governor of Virginia and as a Virginia legislator, he drafted an important state law for religious freedom.
Jefferson and James Madison organized the Democratic-Republican Party to oppose the Federalist Party. The Federalist party championed a strong national government and a decreasing role for states rights. Anonymously, Jefferson and Madison wrote the provocative Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798 and 1799. Those documents sought to strengthen states’ rights by nullifying the federal Alien and Sedition Acts (wiki).
The Democratic-Republican Party originated as a faction in Congress that opposed the centralization of Federal power that Alexander Hamilton promoted. After the 1800 elections, Republicans came into power and the Federalist party slowly disappeared over the next two decades.
It is the polarizing viewpoints of Jefferson and Hamilton that capture what became the Constitution of the United States. The heart of that conflict is states rights versus Federal rights. Hamilton represented the banking system (including the Federalization of the banking system) and international business, and he viewed the British as strong allies. Jefferson represented the farmers and planters – small businesses and individual rights as well as states rights and sided with the French in the French revolution.
It is the writings of Jefferson, in letters, documents and his legislative works, where his brilliance still shines.
As we fight again for our constitution and sovereignty against global fascism and the World Economic Forum, I believe that turning back to the writings of Jefferson for insight is an exercise worth doing.