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  •  Read the Notes, they're quite disturbing (1+ / 0-)
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    Jefferson obviously did and wrote many great things, but he was not a fan of compromise, and in many ways was the opposite of enlightened. Instead of dialectic, he was more didactic and pedantic, refusing to allow for even the the potential legitimacy of countering viewpoints.

    He was a closed-minded ideologue, which is why I see so much of him in folks like Ron Paul, seemingly well-intentioned lunatics who get it right in certain instances but on the whole are quite misguided IMO. And it wasn't even his specific opinions on this or that that most bothers me, as his adamantine refusal to question them and apply the same critical faculties he applied on his opponents on himself. All criticism begins with self-criticism.

    Note that I excuse none of the founders, all of whom I find some fault with (except, perhaps, Franklin, who it's hard to dislike on any count).

    But Jefferson, man, what a disappointment.

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

    by kovie on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:30:16 AM PST

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