In the October 27th issue of Newsweek, you can read an article entitled “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Blue” and Jefferson is mentioned. The author argues that for the most part we are a center-right country and it has been like that for a lot longer than we may think. Jefferson is part of the “staple tenets of the central faith in American political ideologies” like private property, individual choice over government mandate, and individual opportunity.
It is interesting to look back on the Election of 1800 in our Jefferson Encyclopedia when Jefferson tried to argue that the government must return to its constitutional roots. Much of what today’s politicians look on as Jefferson’s political legacy reached a high point in the 1800 election.