Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Wednesday July 29th 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

“Who’s your Daddy?” vs. “Who are YOU?”

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

… I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents … There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents; for with these it would belong to the first class.

The natural aristocracy I consider as the most precious gift of nature for the instruction, the trusts, and government of society … May we not even say that that form of government is the best which provides the most effectually for a pure selection of these natural aristoi [aristocrats] into the offices of government?

The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent its ascendancy …

Source: To John Adams, Oct. 28, 1813

 


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

True leaders achieve their status by natural gifts, not artificial ones.

Some will rise to the top of every society. How do they get there?

In all other societies, the aristocrats achieved their status by heredity (Who’s your Daddy?) or wealth (I have more than you.) Jefferson called that an “artificial aristocracy,” one created by the wealthy and well-born for the maintenance of their own privileged position.

A true aristocracy, one based on natural law, promoted individuals on the twin foundations of virtue (What kind of person are you?) and talent (What skills do you possess that will benefit society?).

Jefferson wanted to prevent the artificial ones, “a mischievous ingredient,” from having any significant role in government. He welcomed natural aristocrats into government, believing they were prepared by nature for that role.

The best government was one that nurtured the selection, recognition and ascendency of people with talent and integrity.


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