The Compromising of Principles

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The Compromising of Principles “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Perhaps the most powerful words ever written by who scholars refer to as the greatest enlightened mind in early American politics, Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was a philosopher of sorts, a man of great ideals and …

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…ideals but once in power he did not turn the government into a Republican one instead of a Federalist one. He added to what the Federalists had done and cemented the foundation upon which American politics stand today. But in order to accomplish this great task Jefferson had to let go of his beliefs and compromise in a way that was more beneficial to the people, a way that was more beneficial to the nation.