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Thomas Jefferson On The State Of Party Politics

Posted by | February 13th, 2010

“An opinion prevails that there is no longer any distinction, that The Republicans & Federalists are completely amalgamated but it is not so. The amalgamation is of name only, not of principle. All indeed call themselves by the name of Republicans, because that of Federalists was extinguished in the battle of New Orleans. But the truth is that finding that monarchy is a desperate wish in this country, they rally to the point which they think next best, a consolidated government. Their aim is now therefore to break down the rights reserved by the constitution to the states as a bulwark against that consolidation, the fear of which produced the whole of the opposition to the constitution at its birth. Hence new Republicans in Congress, preaching the doctrines of the old Federalists, and the new nick-names of Ultras and Radicals. But I trust they will fail under the new, as the old name, and that the friends of the real constitution and union will prevail against consolidation, as they have done against monarchism. I scarcely know myself which is most to be deprecated, a consolidation, or dissolution of the states. The horrors of both are beyond the reach of human foresight.”

– Written by┬áThomas Jefferson in the early 1820s

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3 thoughts on “Thomas Jefferson On The State Of Party Politics

  1. markross Post author

    Amazing! After reading the above words, and despite what The Constitution (as ratified by the states), instructed, we can see, very little has changed over the years, in regards to party politics, in The United States.

    As with the left today, The Federalists, then, were attempting to strengthen the federal government, and consolidate the country under one government, as opposed to the individual (sovereign) states. Sadly, to a some extent, Hamilton's dream must have come true, today.

    Sure enough, most Americans love their country as a whole; however, reality (let alone The Constitution) dictates, with 50 states, just as with the 13 original states, each state has individual goals and ideals for their respective states, and will likely, never except full (nationalization) consolidation. As Jefferson said, the idea of consolidation, and secession, both were frightening thoughts; and as we all know, secession did come, and likely will come again, unless the state's sovereignty is fully recognized, and respected by the federal government.

    Apparently, Jefferson was saying the exact same thing many “Constitutional” conservatives are saying today: "Republican In Name Only"

  2. markross Post author

    “The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government.” – Thomas Jefferson


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