President Donald Trump gave a stirring speech last night to a joint session of Congress. Even though he said some things that should be acceptable to any American citizens, he was ignored by the Democrats in Congress, and lambasted by the media. We, as a nation have become so divided by political parties that it is somewhat disconcerting.
I wonder if Thomas Jefferson would have been so dismissed by the opposite party when he spoke to the nation. When he spoke he advocated that any political problems of the past decade be buried in order for Americans to unite. Here is what he said in his inaugural speech:
“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one an other, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned—this is the sum of good government.”
I wonder if the opposing party objected to these words, or if our opposing party would discredit them today!
During Jefferson’s term of office his policies were effective. Internal taxes were reduced (there was no income tax—it was unconstitutional). The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the country. The Lewis and Clark expedition returned triumphantly after crossing the continent to the Pacific Ocean. Not everyone was happy, but Jefferson was soundly re-elected to a second term as Jefferson swept every State, but two, Connecticut and Delaware.
Perhaps Trump’s term will show such amazing results that the same may happen.