Saturday, September 13, 2008

SHP, Natural American Aristocrat

Read it all, but here's an excerpt from Steven Hayward's TWS piece:

Jefferson expressed more confidence that political virtue and capacity for government were not the special province of a recognized aristocratic class, but that aristoi (natural aristocrats) could be found among citizens of all kinds: "It would have been inconsistent in creation to have formed man for the social state, and not to have provided virtue and wisdom enough to manage the concerns of the society." Jefferson, moreover, trusted ordinary citizens to recognize political virtue in their fellow citizens: "Leave to the citizens the free election and separation of the aristoi from the pseudo-aristoi, of the wheat from the chaff. In general they will elect the really good and wise."

Hmmm (thinking deeply, eyes searching heavenward), Jefferson, Jefferson... isn't that the Dead White Male that the Democrats claim as the founder of their party...

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