Thomas Jefferson on
“The Basic Difference Between Parties”

   "Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties:
   1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes.
   2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public.
   In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all."
   --Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee, 1824. ME 16:73

Jefferson on Politics

   Everyday the news from around the world arrives through my TV, radio, and computer. I find myself with strong opinions and even solutions to some of the issues presented. Since most publishing is restricted by subject matter, having a blog allows me the space to say those things not acceptable to the publishing world. I can expound on ideas and observations that do not fit into the neat little boxes that the media considers the news of the day.

   Some of these ideas have been picked up and repeated in one version or another in the major press. Since the writing field is full of thieves, (present company not excepted), one can only invoke the shibboleth that mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery.

   I have broken the subject matters down into broad categories. Some articles extend across categories, so are repeated under appropriate categories.




The Law




Media Criticism