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  •  Calling him an ass may be a bit subjective (1+ / 0-)
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    but he has a strong, valid point. Judging Jefferson's character and temperament solely by his writings will leave you with an incomplete image of the man. When you consider his actions you get a sharper image. He is well known for numerous anonymous character assassinations, Hamilton being a favorite target, through letters to the press and in pamphlets, his campaign to undermine John Adams' presidency while he was Adams' VP, and his public stance on freedom while living on the backs slaves. The man isn't known as a paradox for nothing.

    Hamilton was no better. There seemed to be a strong societal tendency among the well-heeled and famous of the time towards public expressions of support and friendship while privately and anonymously dogging and undermining their fellow founders. Hamilton was a master. His death is a result of his defamation of Aron Burr. It's just that like so many American stories myth has  replaced reality. Now there's an American treasure that hasn't quite gone the way of the American chestnut and elm. A pity we can't trade.

    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by VTCC73 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 07:55:56 PM PDT

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