Thomas Jefferson And His Vision

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Jefferson and his Vision

Guided by his fervent and unwavering commitment to reason and the principles of natural law and natural rights, Thomas Jefferson crafted his own unique political and social vision for the United States of America which, excluding a few notable omissions, has survived to become an important contribution to the cornerstone of American democracy. His vision was of an agrarian and populist nation of citizens with access to general and widespread education, whose rulers are chosen on grounds of their individual merits and talents rather than on basis of birth and inheritance, and governed by a decentralized system of government, whose main duty is to safeguard the unalienable natural rights and freedom of the
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His assertion that he is ¡°not a friend¡± to a form of ¡°very energetic government¡± because ¡°it is always oppressive,¡± encapsulates his desire for a limited federal government (Letter to Madison). His fear of a strong central government and its inherent and disproportionate allocation of power into the hands of a few, shows in his protest of ¡°the abandonment in every instance of the necessity of rotation in office,¡± the perpetuation of which would logically lead to despotism and corruption, as an elected officer will ¡°then be an officer for life,¡± easily targeted and swayed by factional interests in contention to the general will (Letter to Madison). His trepidation of giving too much power to a few also shows in his desire to give the Judiciary branch of government ¡°a separate power¡± of veto in addition to the veto power already allocated to Congress (Letter to Madison). Another tenet of Jefferson¡¯s political vision expresses itself in his insistence on the necessity of the protection of natural rights, as embodied by his urging to include in the Constitution a Bill of Rights, guaranteeing certain rights that ¡°the people are entitled to against every government on earth¡± (Letter to Madison). He asserted that the protection of these basic rights and liberties ¡°should be the creed of our
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