Jim Nolan: Jefferson balked at Constitution

November 14, 2013 

The Oct. 29 letter “Brewing anger” was but another example of a tea party apologist using our history to justify and prove his misguided point. Using the values of “hard work, self reliance and a yearning for the United States the founders intended” is all well and good, but the letter then ties Thomas Jefferson to words of Abraham Lincoln (“a country of the people, for the people and by the people”), who was trying to enfranchise more people and preserve the country.

Jefferson, unlike his fellow compatriots, was not at the Constitutional Convention, did not like the Constitution and railed against it until a Bill of Rights was added. He was a champion of the common man and was in favor of term limits, unlike today’s professional politicians.

Let us all get the story right before professing righteousness to the Founding Fathers, who wanted a country run by rich, white men, where women were chattel and slavery was, as Lincoln stated, a “peculiar institution.”

Jim Nolan

Morehead City

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