Posted on :13 APRIL 2011
Today is the 268th birthday of President Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the
. United States
In the thick of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Freckled and sandy-haired, rather tall and awkward,
At the age of thirty-three, Thomas Jefferson accepted the challenge of writing the Declaration ofIndependence. John Adams insisted that Jefferson was the one for the job, because,
He sure is a great man, but then again some historians have negative perspectives by saying that he is a hypocrite.
It’s an easy charge to make. He believed slavery to be iniquitous, yet he owned slaves and only freed a few of them. He was a champion of limited government and was a solid strict constructionist, believing that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written. Yet, he doubled the size of the country with theLouisiana Purchase without asking for a constitutional amendment to authorize buying the 828,800 square miles of land from
Well, that accusation might be right, but histories have also written how
But then again, happy 268th birthday Thomas Jefferson.