Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Wednesday August 26th 2015

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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

No pressure, but …

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

The confidence of the whole union is centred in you. Your being at the helm, will be more than an answer to every argument which can be used to alarm & lead the people in any quarter into violence or secession. North & South will hang together, if they have you to hang on; and, if the first correction of a numerous representation should fail in its effect, your presence will give time for trying others not inconsistent with the union & peace of the states.

Source: To President Washington, May 23, 1792
Selected Writings of TJ, by Koch & Peden, Pages 468-474


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Supportive leaders encourage and exhort their superiors.

President Washington told Jefferson he planned on stepping down from office when his first term was over. In a lengthy letter, Jefferson built a case for why the President should serve a second term. He cited dangers from monetary speculation, North – South divisions, a growing interest in a monarchy, uneasy foreign relations, and Indian uprisings. Jefferson thought all would worsen in Washington’s absence.

No one but Washington, Jefferson believed, could keep the nation on an even keel.

Jefferson hoped for enough of a change in Congress that these pressures might be relieved by a more republican (small r) representation. If so, Washington need not serve out his entire second term. But if not, his steady hand and his alone was required at the nation’s helm.

Washington subsequently set aside his strong desire to return to private life and served that second term.


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