posted on Jan, 20 2010 @ 07:05 AM
The core political value of America is representative democracy; citizens have a civic duty to aid the state and resist corruption, especially
monarchism and aristocracy.
The yeoman farmer best exemplifies civic virtue and independence from corrupting city influences; government policy should be for his benefit.
Financiers, bankers and industrialists make cities the cesspools of corruption, and should be avoided.
Americans had a duty to spread what Jefferson called the "Empire of Liberty" to the world, but should avoid "entangling alliances."
The national government is a dangerous necessity to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation or community;
it should be watched closely and circumscribed in its powers. Most Anti-Federalists from 1787-88 joined the Jeffersonians.
The wall of separation between church and state is the best method to keep religion free from intervention by the federal government, government free
of religious disputes, and religion free from corruption by government.
The federal government must not violate the rights of individuals. The Bill of Rights is a central theme.
The federal government must not violate the rights of the states. The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 (written secretly by Jefferson and
Madison) proclaim these principles.
Freedom of speech and the press is the best method to prevent the tyranny of the people by their own government. The Federalists' violation of this
idea through the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 became a major issue.
A standing army and navy are dangerous to liberty and should be avoided; much better was to use economic coercion such as the embargo.
The United States Constitution was written in order to ensure the freedom of the people. A strict view of how the constitution was written is kept.
However, "no society can make a perpetual constitution or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation."
This is Jeffersonian Democracy. I posted an earlier thread asking whom your favourite president was. I got a response that it was Thomas Jefferson
and they explained why it is Thomas Jefferson. So I researched him and found 'Jeffersonian Democracy'. Now mind you I was a Progressive Democrat
until I read this, nothing has ever made better sense to me in my whol life of researching politics. I hate todays Libertarianism but I definitally
100% agree with this. If we were given a candidate who invoked Thomas Jefferson we need to endorse this candidate immediately, and not Ron Paul... I
just wanted to spread the word of my new favourite president, Thomas Jefferson, his beliefs are the only thing that could possibly save us now.