Friday, February 03, 2012

Not Of That Party

party iconYou say that I have been dished up to you as an antifederalist, and ask me if it be just. My opinion was never worthy enough of notice to merit citing; but since you ask it I will tell it you. I am not a Federalist, because 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 was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Therefore I protest to you I am not of the party of federalists. But I am much farther from that than of the Antifederalists.

-- Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 - 4 July 1826), author of the Declaration of Independence, founder of the University of Virginia, third President of the United States (1801-1809), political philosopher, letter to Francis Hopkinson (13 March 1789)

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