Thomas Jefferson, together with George Washington and Robert Edward Lee, is regarded as a hero by patriotic Virginians everywhere. Jefferson is well known for his populist and progressive stance regarding politics, although he definitely had some solid thoughts concerning ” natural aristocracy” BigEye Aristocracy
Jefferson was very much in favor of the idea that the government should be held accountable by the people ( even to the point of armed rebellion by the latter, should the need arise). Jefferson also felt that religion should have no say in the running of the government and as Revolutionary Governor of Virginia, he was able to achieve complete separation of church and state. Separation of Church & State/.
Thomas Jefferson was also quite adamant on the importance of universal public education, supporting the idea that the poverty stricken should be educated for free, while those who could afford to pay tuition should do so. He felt that power should be distributed among all levels of government, whether local, statewide or Federal and that this power should be squarely placed in the hands of an educated populaceNational Need of Educated Populace.t-1.
Jefferson wrote prolifically on the matter of natural rights, endemic to every man and in fact, much of the text of the Declaration of Independence addressed these rights to which Jefferson was so fiercely devoted The National Document.
Like everything else, Jefferson’s ideals had precedents that this Virginian simply developed. He was influenced by the ideals of the British Enlightenment that were current among the elite of the American Colonies. John Locke was a major influence, as were the sentiments expressed in the English Declaration of Rights as written after the Glorious Revolution of 1689 http://www.crf-usa.org/foundations-of-our-constitution/natural-rights.html.
Thomas was alive at a time of exciting scientific discovery and that certainly influenced his views regarding religion. A Unitarian at heart, Jefferson rejected the ideas of the Divinity of Christ and the miraculous. He regarded religion as a private matter that existed between a man and his God This is between man and God..
In conclusion, the ideals of Thomas Jefferson were remarkable indeed, although hardly original to the man himself. He did, however, take those ideas and seek to give them a practical application, the echoes of which we can see even today, in such a period of historical turmoil that we are experiencing. Perhaps, by delving a little more into the ideals of our Founding Fathers, we can develop a new appreciation for their ideas and find new ways of implementing them.