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Thread #147991 Message #3433087
Posted By: Ron Davies
08-Nov-12 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Election of the US President
Subject: RE: BS: Election of the US President
"Jefferson championed the agrarian society"--but did no manual work himself. And his most reliable profits in Monticello were by slaves in a nail factory he set up--"farming" did not work out.
Also, he opposed federal power --- until he became president.
Championed freedom of the press--until he became president.
And while he was secretary of state, hired a man, supposedly as a translator , but actually to put out a newspaper attacking the Washington administration, which Jefferson himself was working for.
As president, told Napoleon it would be easy to starve out Toussaint L'Ouverture--since Jefferson, like other Southern planters, was deathly afraid of the contagion of slave revolt.
In many ways Burr was responsble for the Democratic-Republican success at the polls in 1800, but when Burr would not categorically deny that he would accept the presidency if offered it by the House (that's another story, which does in fact involve the electoral college as it was then), he froze him and his followers out of power and made it plain that there was no chance for Burr even as VP in 1804.
Not to mention Sally Hemings, etc.
In some ways, Jefferson was not really a nice guy.
Talk about thread creep.