Achieving Change In Obama’s Inauguration even he stated that “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”(Obama) In order to have change one must fight and not wait for someone else to do it for them.Thomas Jefferson was the guy who didn't wait but attempted to change America for the better of human kind. Thomas Jefferson views were morphed by two different philosophers with opposing views of ruling America.(A&E) These two individuals are Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Thomas Jefferson didn’t want history to repeat itself, he wanted to learn from the past and not commit the same mistakes. Just like George Santayana stated in a conference …show more content…
John Locke was one individual who demonstrated the true identity for true happiness in America. He expressed his many views in books which foretold the many ways to achieve the pursuit of happiness. He believed that the government is predisposed to serve us, the people.(Locke Bio) John Locke wrote a book concerning civil government and he stated in bold words that “All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.(Locke) Locke’s statement is entirely true if we lived in a world without equality or independence we wouldn't be happy and most likely rebel.But what if we are all equal and independent would you harm a neighbor, a friend,a stranger? No, we wouldn't since we are free and independent.Later down the road he managed to write an essay about Toleration explaining his thoughts to the protestants. Which ideally they didn't like it since he advances to say the Anglican worship should have full civil rights.(Locke …show more content…
Thomas Hobbes despite his good looks, he surprisingly spooked the world with his views. Thomas Hobbes believed in total monarchy just like the many dictators we had in history. As you know it all resulted in wars and chaos.Thomas Hobbes believed that humans were crazy people and which needed to be ruled by a king or queen.(Leviathan) He wrote numerous books, one book which was certainly the best out of his collection was leviathan. In this book he expressed his thought into four parts: 1)of man, 2) of commonwealth 3) of a christian commonwealth, and 4) of the kingdom of darkness.(Leviathan)In the first part of man he assuredly states that “So that in the first place, I put for a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of Power after power, that ceaseth only in Death.”(Leviathan 47) This proves another point in Hobbes point that there should be a higher power in which governs us since humans are crazy beings only craving power.(Leviathan)So intentionally Thomas Hobbes wrote of a solution which will solve this but was it the correct method in solving this? As we read further to part 2 of the Leviathan he proves an other but disturbing point he states "During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.”(Leviathan) Looking at his quote it comes to me that Hobbes truly believed that we the people needed a
Thomas Jefferson’s and Alexander Hamilton’s viewpoints during the 1790’s and the 1800’s were very different but sort of similar. Jefferson wanted the government to be run by the people of the U.S. while Hamilton wanted the wealthy class to run it, Jefferson wanted strong state government, Hamilton wanted strong federal government. But one thing that stood out to the people was Hamilton wanted a loose/lenient interpretation of the constitution as Jefferson wanted a strict one. During the 1700’s-1800’s, despite the fact Philadelphia was the nation’s temporary capital, U.S. Congress met difficulties and fears that tested the strength of the Constitution and the republic it built.
For Jefferson, assimilation was best for Native Americans; second best was removal to the west. He felt the worst result of the cultural conflict between European Americans and Native Americans would be their attacking the whites. Thomas Jefferson’s views of Indians reflect those commonly found in eighteenth cen-tury America and they set the stage for nineteenth century American Indian policies in-cluding the forced removal of Indians from their homelands. Jefferson, the icon of free-dom and personal liberty established the national policy towards Native Americans that would last for over one hundred years. He began what would destroy cultures and re-sult in the reservation system.
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson have opposing views on the government. They created two different ways people understood American power and the how the American people. Hamilton believed that America’s power was all in the commerce, trade, and business. Hamilton’s perfect America was based on the idea of businessmen, bankers, and investors. Hamilton felt that the government should help these people to advance in the global marketplace.
Thomas Jefferson was able to understand the use of presidential power in a new way. Washington and Adam followed the criteria of separation of powers and followed what the Constitution stated, with some minor interpretations from Adams. Jefferson, on the other hand, understood that concept and put it to routine when necessary. His interpretation of the Constitution caused him to understand the vagueness of the powers the president was actually granted. Jefferson did not purposefully go into office expecting to gain more land.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were great presidents but i believe that Abraham Lincoln was far better. He abolished slavery and held the country together during one of it's hardest times and doing all this with the pressure of an entire country relying on him. But it would have been better if he wasn't killed during his term I beleive that if he wouldn't have died America would be doing a lot better then it is now Lincoln would have been an amazing president if he didn't die he probably would have served another term or two. Even though everyone loved George Washington, Lincoln was also very popular among the people he also had the potential to make America a way better place.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson ________________________________________________________________ There were two men who wanted to be the second president of the untied state. They where John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and they fought to be the next president. They didn’t always fight they where friends, but since they couldn’t agree on how to run the country should be run, they had to fight for it. John won first, but then Thomas became president and they both made the people happy and free.
Thomas Jefferson during the 1790’s-1800’s while working with federalists Alexander Hamilton, his viewpoints were different. During the 1790’s Jefferson was known to be in the democratic-republican party where he progresses an ideal structure of equivalencies between money and weight standards with the American/Spanish currency. Jefferson took charge of the republicans after a conflict created two parties, republican-democratic and the federalist, who empathized with the revolutionary cause in France. While attacking the federalist policies, Jefferson opposed a strong centralized government and granted the rights of states. While Jefferson was in presidency, he cut down on the Army and Navy expenditures, cut the U.S. budget, eliminated the tax
Jefferson, in his letter to Madison from Paris in 1787, is open to this Constitutional framing: “I like the organization of the government into Legislative, Judiciary & Executive. I like the power given the Legislature to levy taxes, and for that reason solely approve of the greater house being chosen by the people directly. For tho' I think a house chosen by them will be very illy qualified to legislate for the Union, for foreign nations etc. Yet this evil does not weigh against the good of preserving inviolate the fundamental principle that the people are not to be taxed but by representatives chosen immediately by themselves.” (167) Where Jefferson differs from Madison and Adams is that Jefferson’s populism is much more direct in nature:
Jefferson and the Separation of Church and State Thomas Jefferson was a spokesman for democracy, an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of American Independence, and the third president of the United States of America. He believed in the separation of church and state and that every man held the right to maintain his own opinion. Jefferson felt that government should only intervene when one person behaved injuriously towards another: “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin will forever be remembered as great men of stature and character. The similarities of these two brings them in the same conversation continuously when discussing history. Luckily for America, these men graced us with their presence on earth during the same time. Imagine without these two together, how different the Constitution or Declaration of Independence might be. This essay will compare and contrast Thomas Jefferson, the third President of this great nation and a fellow Founding Father Benjamin Franklin by discussing their views on deism, self-reliance and standards of character; all setting the standard for people in America as written by these two Founding Fathers during their time on earth and
Edward Mitchell 10/22/2016 English 10 Essay Unit 1 Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson played a large role in motivating the fight toward freedom in the weeks leading up to the Revolutionary War and immediately following it. Each believed in the fundamental right to be free from rule. Patrick Henry appealed to the people’s fear of war. Thomas Jefferson was able to convince people that together, they could form a new nation. The writings of each man reveals a very chaotic time in America’s history and the leadership, determination, and boldness of Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson ensured that when change came, the people were ready for it.
John Locke is one of the philosophers who emphasizes freedom and the belief that people in the state of nature are rational, kind, and cooperative as he expresses on his “Second Treatise of Government (1689).” John Locke’s natural rights, acquired by everyone when born, includes rights to life, liberty, and property. Locke believes that individuals have rights that should be protected and that government, preferably a limited one as he believes, is the best equipped type of government to ensure those rights. It is important to understand that any elected government can be overthrown in this system of a limited government where everyone has natural rights, and if overthrown, citizens may elect a new government, very similar today’s democratic
When comparing Sam Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, we can see that there are some similarities and differences between the men. Perhaps the most notable relation this group has, is that they were all formal presidents and had some type of power or ownership. The qualities of all four men are often seen as opposed to each other. One similarity for example, with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson was that they were prosperous Virginian plantation owners and held slaves. Jefferson and Adams were both well educated people and knew about the law.
John Locke, an English philosopher and physician respected as one of the most powerful of Enlightenment thinkers. Locke’s writing influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, but most importantly American revolutionaries. (www.historytoday.com) He rejected absolutism, Advocated for natural rights, believed humans were reasonable and moral. Thomas Hobbe, born in Westport, England, was known for his views on how humans could succeed in harmony while dodging the threats and worries of social conflict. Thomas’s involvement during a time of turmoil in England changed his thoughts, which he portrayed in The Elements of Law in 1640, and his most famous work, Leviathan in 1651.
The Enlightenment Figures In the 17th and 18th century well-educated people would gather and discuss political, religious, economics, and social questions. This was an important gathering. It took place in Europe and had four main figures. They each believed in human rights but had their own individual ideas about it.