The Rivalry between Jefferson and Hamilton Is Present Today in the Rivalry between the Democratic and Republican Parties

I am watching the DVD entitled “Thomas Jefferson: A film by Ken Burns” this evening, and I made a connection that I was stunned to have made in watching this video.
In part Two of this DVD, George Washington said to Jefferson that he believed that the ideas of both Hamilton and Jefferson were pure and in the best interests of our nation, though each was the opposite perspective of the other’s. Washington, further, said that he wished that a line could be formed in which both of their differing visions (Jefferson’s and Hamilton’s) for our nation could be incorporated instead of their pursuing separate lines of governance. (Jefferson had said of Washington that Washington had better judgment than any of the Founding Fathers.) That line has never been able to form whereby both the ideas of Hamilton and of Jefferson could prevail harmoniously together and their opposing ideas have always been in competition throughout our nation’s history. Today, we have it within our power to finally merge these two differing visions for America if the Republican Party and the Democratic Party can understand that NOW is the opportunity for America to fulfill Washington’s dream of unity and harmony between the ideas of Jefferson and Hamilton.

Hamilton had come from poverty in the Caribbean, and he was an illegitimate child. Jefferson had come from wealth and aristocracy. However, ironically, Hamilton pursued a course for America based on a strong central government in which commerce played a major part in building America’s status and greatness, which benefited the aristocracy, especially, although it also allowed for upward social advancement of the lower classes. On the other hand, Jefferson, ironically, pursued a course of social democracy that was conducive to the advancement of the common man, especially, which reflected his views that all men, under God, were created equal. Hamilton became the leader of the Federalist Party. Jefferson became the leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, which later became the Democratic Party under Andrew Jackson.

Washington wisely saw that both commerce and goodness in social consciousness were necessary for America to thrive. Here is where I made a connection which I think is reflective of the workings of the Holy Spirit in the trajectory of this world today. I see that the best in Donald Trump could possibly build better commerce in this world, with America leading the way in commercial endeavors. I see, more importantly in my mind at least, that Jefferson’s social awareness and belief that all humanity is equal to one another, in God’s omniscient eye, was essential to making America a moral leader for this world. Thus, in my mind, the Federalist Party of Hamilton has become the Republican Party of today under Donald Trump plus the Republican leaders (the commerce, not the bigotry), while the Democratic-Republican Party of Jefferson has become the Democratic Party of today under Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders plus their supporters. Americans are presently equally divided between these two old Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian visions.

Now, having seen, in part, the mystery of God’s ways (I trust) within the conflict presently in this nation, I believe that, if the better angels of our nation’s people will prevail in this national crisis and hold our nation together as one union, that the Utopian “line” of Washington’s dreams will finally form and commerce (Hamilton) and social consciousness of others, not just of ourselves (Jefferson), will make our great nation the leader of the planet’s future, under God. But, this huge feat will take both of our political parties’ coming together to complete the forming of our more perfect Union for the betterment not only of ourselves but for all of humankind.
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EDITED with some “extras”:

Our nation has been in the throes of change, aside from education, for decades. As a young teacher, and then as an older teacher, I had tried to foster growth in students, peer teachers, and communities so that that change would make society better.

I believe that many teachers have historical vision and that they see their roles as part of a historical process in America’s history. I hope that some will appreciate this particular vision that I present here, edited from an entry on my blog:

George Washington had said to Jefferson that he believed that the ideas of both Hamilton and Jefferson were pure and in the best interests of our nation, though each vision was the opposite perspective of the other. Washington, further, said that he wished that a line could be formed in which both of their differing visions for our nation could be incorporated instead of their pursuing separate lines of governance. That line has never been able to form whereby both the ideas of Hamilton and of Jefferson could prevail harmoniously together and their opposing ideas have always been in competition throughout our nation’s history. Today, we have it within our power to finally merge these two differing visions for America if the Republican Party and the Democratic Party can understand that NOW is the opportunity for America to fulfill Washington’s dream of unity and harmony between the ideas of Jefferson and Hamilton.

Hamilton pursued a course for America based on a strong central government in which commerce played a major part in building America’s status and greatness, which benefited the aristocracy, especially, although it also allowed for upward social advancement of the lower classes. On the other hand, Jefferson pursued a course of social democracy that was conducive to the advancement of the common man, especially, which reflected his views that all men, under God, were created equal.

Washington wisely saw that both commerce and goodness in social consciousness were necessary for America to thrive. The best in Donald Trump could possibly build better commerce in this world, with America leading the way in commercial endeavors. More importantly, imo, Jefferson’s social awareness and belief that all humanity is equal to one another, in God’s omniscient eye, is essential to making America a moral leader for this world. Hopefully, if the better angels of our nation’s people will prevail in this national crisis and hold our nation together as one union, the Utopian “line” of Washington’s dreams will finally form and commerce (Hamilton/today’s Republicans) and social consciousness of others, not just of ourselves (Jefferson/ today’s Democrats), will make our great nation the leader of the planet’s future, under God. But, this huge feat will take both of our political parties’ coming together to complete the forming of our more perfect Union for the betterment not only of ourselves, but for all of humankind.

Education of our young, free of the reins of corporations with their self-serving agenda, must lead in building this more humane and more prosperous world.
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On December 5, 2016, I wrote on the AJC blog, “Get Schooled,” “Remember that Thomas Jefferson would be appalled at the idea of corporations running public schools for a price, whatever plan is decided.” In addition, I shared these words of Thomas Jefferson under my post:

See Jefferson’s thoughts on corporations and how “a new Aristocracy in government” will be “founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations” that under the guise and cloak will rule over the common man, under “Status” here: https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/end-democracyquotation

Exact quote by Jefferson here:

“Jefferson wrote in 1825 to William Branch Giles of “vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”2 Chomsky’s 1994 book quotes Jefferson’s 1825 letter to Giles and then comments that “[Jefferson] warned that that would be the end of democracy and the defeat of the American revolution.”

1. Noam Chomsky, Keeping the Rabble in Line: Interviews with David Barsamian (Monroe, Me.: Common Courage Press, 1994), 245.
2. Jefferson to William Branch Giles, December 26, 1825.

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I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on January 21, 2017:

“Imho, as brilliant a mind as Alexander Hamilton’s was and as much as Hamilton has meant to America’s growth and economic success, the vision of Thomas Jefferson for our nation, and our world, was greater than that of Hamilton.

Jefferson’s words, penned in the U. S. Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, will continue to inspire human beings toward democratic principles throughout the world for centuries to come.”
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Another poster to Mary Elizabeth:

“ME, I think the sum of our forefathers is far greater than any one individual.

Just like music and sports, the sum of the parts can rise to far greater heights than any one person can.”

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Mary Elizabeth responds to the poster, above:

“I am not denying that fact, and I do not believe that Thomas Jefferson would deny that fact either.

However, Jefferson had the mind and the writing gifts to encapsulate the deepest thoughts and values of the American people in his words in the Declaration of Independence. That is why the Continental Congress chose Jefferson, a 33 year old young man from Virginia, to write their thoughts for them with the help and wisdom of two older men on that Declaration Committee – John Adams, who verbally supported Jefferson as the better writer than himself, and Benjamin Franklin, a patriot almost half a century older than Jefferson.

My thoughts on Jefferson’s words and influence for all time are not unique to me. Abraham Lincoln said the same thing of Jefferson’s gifts and influence in his (Lincoln’s) own words.”

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