Written by Matt’s America, Political Realities
If anyone is interested in reading the words of a real statesman, some encouraging words, words filled with wisdom and humility, I highly recommend you read Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address. It’s probably only a few pages long. You won’t be sorry for having done so. That’s from whence the famous phrase “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists” comes. Sorry, sometimes I don’t like ending my sentences with a preposition…sometimes. In this address, Jefferson called for unified country, a republican country (lower-case “r”), and a moral country. Do we possess those three attributes today? I’m not sure our country currently collectively possesses a single one of those attributes. Perhaps we are not so far gone however that our country can in fact undergo a renewal. I pray we can. Studying this address might be a good place to start.
What does that famous phrase, “We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists” really mean? First of all, it was a critical transition point in Jefferson’s inaugural address. Immediately prior to saying those famous words, Jefferson did his best to draw attention to the commonality of purpose that both Federalists and Republicans had, despite their deep ideological differences, this election having been hard fought race, a victory in fact dubbed the Revolution of 1800. Jefferson then said that phrase, and launched from an appeal for unity to his vision for the United States[…]