The Ying and the Yang of Thomas Jefferson
Why does Thomas Jefferson fascinate us so? It is amazing that such conflicting components, such seemingly contradictory thoughts, theories and actions are all contained under one roof or should I say in one head. Here is my short list of the Ying and Yang the double sided coin that is Thomas Jefferson.
Spoke out against slavery --- Owned slaves his entire adult life
Man of the people --- A man of wealth and expensive taste
Interpret Constitution narrowly when it came to the Bank---Interpret it widely when it came to moving the Capital to the Potomac
Limit executive power---Purchase Louisiana through an executive prerogative
Great organizational and administrative skills---Also known as a “disorganizer”
Support military action against Barbary pirates---Reduce the size and scope of the navy
Honored and supported George Washington---Dishonored and undermined George Washington
Friend of John Adams---Enemy of John Adams
Against party or faction---The center of the coalescing Republican Party
Did not envision a multi-cultural society---Created a mixed race family
All men are created equal---well not all
The ridiculous to the sublime---Theory about “generations”---the writing of the Declaration on Independence
There you have it just some of the incongruous facts about TJ.