Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian.

2008 Democratic Primary Results

2008 Democratic Primary Results (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time for a very brief American History lesson that will also benefit my non United States friends.

You keep hearing about tea parties and Democratic liberals, big cities vs. countryside.  I am simplifying this greatly, but no matter what our party differences are through history our real divisions are Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian or Alexander Hamilton vs. Thomas Jefferson.  (Keep in mind, I am simplifying this).

Alexander Hamilton wanted a strong central government and strong central bank.  He believed in protective tariffs and that the national government was expected to invest in industry, science, transportation, and other projects to build the nation.

Thomas Jefferson wanted a weak Federal government, with states and counties. While Hamilton saw the people working together for common interests, Jefferson saw cities as corrupt and wanted yeoman farmers to run the nation.  He wanted to spread of American Republican government, but not to be entangled in foreign events.

Alexander Hamilton was no liberal.  His was a conservative system of a wealthy  class running the nation.  You may think “Limousine Liberal” in the sense of large central government, but any sort of liberal would not have been in Hamilton’s mind.  He would have seen the poor being lifted up by WPA type projects on a grand national scale.

Jefferson coming back to life today, would not be pleased.  The world in general is becoming more urban.  Does Hamilton win?  Stay tuned.


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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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