First let me say that the slogan is moronic….America has always been great so there is no need for the stupidity around the slogan.
So far in this series we have learned about the years before and during the revolution ….then we went through our convention and onto our first president and then our second leader, John Adams……Part 11 touches on the president that every one thinks they know all about, Thomas Jefferson….
The president that few have any idea about his make up only the bullshit fed them by reactionary historians….few instance….Jefferson disliked the miracles and stuff in the New Testament and because of that he made his own…..
Thomas Jefferson, together with several of his fellow founding fathers, was influenced by the principles of deism, a construct that envisioned a supreme being as a sort of watchmaker who had created the world but no longer intervened directly in daily life. A product of the Age of Enlightenment, Jefferson was keenly interested in science and the perplexing theological questions it raised. Although the author of the Declaration of Independence was one of the great champions of religious freedom, his belief system was sufficiently out of the mainstream that opponents in the 1800 presidential election labeled him a “howling Atheist.”
Part 11 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”
“The ‘revolution of 1800’ … was as real a revolution in the principles of our government as that of 76 was in its form; not effected indeed by the sword, as that, but by the rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people.” —Thomas Jefferson in an 1819 letter to Judge Spencer Roane
We tend today, in our hyperpartisan moment, to imagine that politics have never been worse, more tribal, more contentious than they are now. But is that true? The United States was born of revolution, fought a bloody civil war and has changed time and again throughout its history. And, in 1800, the nascent republic would experience its first-ever electoral transition to a president of the opposing party. That election and its aftermath would have profound implications for the young republic and ensure some degree of Jeffersonian legacy for generations to come. Jefferson’s words—the output of his pen—were often beautiful, but some darkness lurked beneath the surface of his self-proclaimed republican, agrarian utopia.