Thomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency
In years prior to Thomas Jefferson's presidency, he was very vocal towards certain subjects. He was more for state's rights moreso than anything else. He was a strict follower of the constitution. But did that change once he was president? Was he just putting on a false face to get the vote of the people? We may never know, but my opinion is that he had to evolve to the ever changing country we were back then. We faced many issues such as barbaric pirates raiding our ships, tough economic policies, and the fact that we were still a very young country with not much experience towards running a country successfully.
Thomas Jefferson (TJ), had always been against having large military. At least he was during Adams presidency. When Adams brought up him wanting to make a large navy, Jefferson campaigned against that move both for reasons of expense and to avoid the precedent of a standing army. Yet in one of his first decisions as President, Jefferson sent American miltary forces around the globe to confront the Barbary States of North Africa (Doc D). These pirates had long made a national industry of blackmailing and plundering merchant ships that ventured into the Mediterranean. Jefferson's decision to destroy these people was an obvious disregard for his previous view on this issue of having an army just to intimidate other countries. He also didn't inform Congress until the ships were "far enough to call back."
Now, as Jefferson was a vocal advocate for state's rights, his letter to James Madison (Doc A) showed just how much he was. He believed that the tax law is a hellish and despised law among all laws. The first mistake they made was to make it legal by the Constitution. It's especially ironic since one of the main reasons America even decided to break off from England and become its own country was because of the taxes imposed of them by the British government. The second mistake was to actually...
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