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Thomas Jefferson

Started by AlfredDrake, December 12, 2014, 12:32:04 PM

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Solar

Quote from: AlfredDrake on December 18, 2014, 10:37:34 AM
I assume you meant to say that Jefferson was an anti-Federalist.


"You say that I have been dished up to you as an antifederalist, and ask me if it be just. My opinion was never worthy enough of notice to merit citing; but since you ask it I will tell it you. I am not a Federalist, because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore I protest to you I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much farther from that than of the Antifederalists."  – Letter to Francis Hopkinson 13 Mar 1789
http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/founders/thomas-jefferson-quotes

I particularly relate to the part about "thinking for myself".
Yeah, I hadn't eaten in hours and had trouble remembering that far back, considering it's been 50 years or more since I studied the topic.
Time for a refresher course.
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AlfredDrake

Quote from: Solar on December 18, 2014, 11:53:13 AM
Yeah, I hadn't eaten in hours and had trouble remembering that far back, considering it's been 50 years or more since I studied the topic.
Time for a refresher course.

That's ok, I'm old and hungry too.