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Thomas Jefferson is remembered in history not only for the offices he held but also for his belief in the natural rights of man as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and his faith in the peoples ability to govern themselves Through his political career Thomas Jefferson advocated democratic principles and adhered to his liberal ideology However as a president he found it difficult to maintain these policies in the noisy arena of politics Consequently circumstances forced him to reverse himself in some degree on these concepts When he was voted into the presidency Jefferson devoted a major section of his inaugural address to the the essential principles of our government and consequently those which ought to shape its administration Cunningham Here he reiterated his basic political principles and the leading policies that he had professed as a candidate which he now restated as the guiding pillars of his administration He began by affirming equal and exact justice to all his men of whatever state or persuasion religious or political Next Jefferson proclaimed Peace commerce and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none He then went on to affirm his commitment to the rights of the states and the preservation of the central government Continuing to intermingle general principles and specific policies that new president declared that he favored reliance for defense on a militia rather than an army a small navy Cunningham and prosperity through economy the payment of debts and the encouragement of agriculture and commerce as its handmaid He also emphasized basic rights such as freedom of speech freedom of the press and impartially selected juries These principles Jefferson concluded form the brightest constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation They should be the creed of our political faith the text of civic instruction the touchstone by which we try the services of those we trust Unfortunately for Jefferson marinating
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