Tag: Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson’s Warning to the White House

During the campaign of 1800, a Federalist newspaper article stated that with Jefferson as president: “Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes.” Yet Jefferson argued that given the choice between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government,” he wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.

The “Commonwealth”

An irony of the 2016 presidential election was that millions of people who felt abandoned by the government and left out in today’s economy, somehow chose as their president a wealthy narcissistic  person. This brought me to reflect on the word “commonwealth,” defined as a state or collection of […]