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Thomas Jefferson won the hearts of the nation through his strong belief in the Constitution his vacillating philosophies from term to term and his extremely pragmatic and realist approaches to running the government Completely devoted to public services Thomas Jefferson was a palpable candidate for presidency As a successful lawyer farmer architect musician and inventor theres no dispute in how he brought himself two full terms of presidency Bringing free education and public libraries and religious freedom in Virginia and freedom of all types to the United States its no wonder he defeated the Federalists Charles Pinckney with an extraordinary chasm of victory Thomas Jefferson believed very strongly in a strict interpretation of the Constitution especially since he created the document He also believed that republics broke down due to a shaky and corrupt government He viewed governments to be a necessary evil but should be very compact and restricted These beliefs lead Jefferson to also conclude that the states should have more power than the government in order to prevent the United States from collapsing Jefferson also believed that the most valuable and virtuous people of the United States were the common men especially the rural farmers this belief gave him immense support from the Northwest part of the US and the Southern agrarians Concerning foreign affairs he believed in free trade and was himself pro-French In Jeffersons early presidency he was faced with immediate issues such as those from the Tripolitan Pirates Since the attacks were directly aimed at the United States and the outrageous bribe that was offered for protection Jefferson made slightly pragmatic slightly planned decisions In fact by going to the slight war against the Tripolitan Pirates as calculated by Jefferson was found to be cheaper than to pay the actual amount thus showing his interest in cause and effect more than mere theories Other events where his realist and pragmatic decisions are quite palpable may be found in
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