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  •  At least Hamilton was consistent (3+ / 0-)
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    Jefferson was one of history's great hypocrites that only a Mars retrograde-like argument can defend. And the excise tax against which the grain farmers rebelled was both lawful and reasonable (although not fair, since it wasn't assessed on richer farmers like Washington). I'd liken the WR more to the teabag movement than to OWS. Shays' Rebellion is closer to OWS IMO.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 06:37:02 PM PDT

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    •  To take such a simplistic statement (0+ / 0-)

      about Jefferson as a staring premise - necessarily prevents any reasoned understanding of his contributions ... as well as his personal flaws.

      •  No less simple than people who dismiss Hamilton (0+ / 0-)

        as a lapdog for elites. It's actually your reduction of my brief comment about Jefferson that's simplistic, assuming that it's ALL that I think of him.

        Right back at ya, with compliments.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 11:37:18 AM PDT

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