2016 and the mythos of political unity

Thomas Jefferson, when asked by Francis Hopkinton whether he identified as a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist, tritely replied that he was neither. The American Renaissance Man replied with a disdain that is palpable even today, “I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I am capable of thinking for myself.” I’ve always thought Jefferson-…

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