Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thomas Jefferson

Last year, the local Democratic Club dished the name of the Jefferson-Jackson Fundraiser and went along with the DEC by changing the name of it to the Truman-Kennedy-Johnson Dinner or some such thing. The DEC brought up slavery from over 200 years ago as a reason. Jefferson was a supporter of the separation of Church and State and one of the major events during his presidency was the Louisiana Purchase.

On Thursday, the local president of the Lake Worth Democratic Club and a candidate for Mayor in Lake Worth, Rene Varela, was one of the main speakers at the Jeffersonian Association of Florida’s meeting at The Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. I hope Rene set them straight about Jefferson being a slave owner which overrides his importance to American history as Jefferson being one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence and all.

As a reminder of Jefferson politics--

Thomas Jefferson-- support a federal government with greatly constrained powers, and are strong advocates and followers of a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Jefferson himself followed and exhibited these principles. Jeffersonian philosophy also called for state and local governments to safeguard the rights and property of citizens. Jeffersonians recognized both private and common property. During his early public career, Jefferson hoped that each State and County would be smaller examples of the national American Republic. He believed that republican governments established and governing at these levels would best keep the federal government in check.

The Jeffersonian philosophy held that all men had the right to be informed, and thus, to have a say in the government. The protection and expansion of human liberty was one of the chief goals of the Jeffersonians. They also reformed their respective state systems of education. They believed that their citizens had the right and should be educated no matter their circumstance or status in life. Internationally, Thomas Jefferson and the Jeffersonians believed that America was "the world's best hope. They believed that the United States would be an example to the rest of the world in establishing their own sovereign constitutional republics.

Original Jeffersonian thought also had agrarian elements, and believed that the farmer should be the backbone of any nation, supplying it with a strong work ethic and virtue.

Source: Jeffersonian Association

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