For those politicians who claim to be more Jeffersonesque, if you will, than their opponents, it seems you may need to review your history books a few more times. Now, certainly I would not expect to write about the fact that he owned slaves and expect my readers not to already have this knowledge, but I would like to stress the first word used to describe Jefferson in the title, yes, Liberal.
When a group of people is asked to name a president who showed complete disregard for the constitution one is likely to find that the Democrats will cite George Bush’s invasion of the Middle East, and the Republicans will shout about birth-control (No, this is not Fox, I do not claim to be “Fair and Balance”). But none of the founding fathers wouldn’t bypass congress entirely to change the fate of our nation forever… would they?
The great Thomas Jefferson (Don’t get me wrong I think he was one of the greatest men this country has ever seen in office) did bypass congress entirely and spent millions of dollars to nearly double the size of the United States. That’s right, the Louisiana Purchase happens to be one of the most unconstitutional events in U.S. history.
Where would the United States be now without the Louisiana Purchase? Clearly not a better one. The reason Jefferson was forced into bypassing congress was because the deal would not stand the duration of the process (looks like congress has always been slow…). So the moral of the story? Sometimes the Constitution is better off broken. Considering that free states are still required to return escaped slaves back to their original owners I think there are definitely a few erroneous things (a lot actually) still hidden within the Supreme Law of the Land.
- Thomas Jefferson On Binding Men To The Constitution (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- The Jefferson Myth: On the topic of Abortion (ramblingdemocrat.wordpress.com)