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Spiffarino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 11:21 PM
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5. Most definitely flawed on issues of race
Brilliant as he was, he was a complete idiot when it came to differences between the races. He was afflicted with the short-sightedness that's common among aristocrats. Some of the things he wrote about black people were apallingly stupid and vain. In light of his long love affair with Sally Hemings, it becomes even more bizarre.

Putting any human being on a pedestal is foolish. We all have our flaws, and the great often have even greater ones.
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  -Thomas Jefferson was a great man Kalish  Jul-26-05 10:57 PM   #0 
  - Great quotes !  jeff30997   Jul-26-05 11:05 PM   #1 
  - In many ways, America's original Democrat. A Good guy. nt  lvx35   Jul-26-05 11:07 PM   #2 
  - My favorite President of all time  Spiffarino   Jul-26-05 11:08 PM   #3 
  - Jefferson is one the most important individuals to have ever lived, IMO  mixedview   Jul-26-05 11:12 PM   #4 
  - Most definitely flawed on issues of race  Spiffarino   Jul-26-05 11:21 PM   #5 
     - It should be noted he was opposed to slavery  Kalish   Jul-26-05 11:26 PM   #6 
     - He was opposed to slavery in principle  Spiffarino   Jul-26-05 11:39 PM   #8 
        - Yes  Kalish   Jul-27-05 12:11 AM   #11 
     - I too admire Jefferson...but  SaveElmer   Jul-26-05 11:44 PM   #9 
  - He was also a slaveowner.  HypnoToad   Jul-26-05 11:30 PM   #7 
  - slave owner Thomas Jefferson  OKDem08   Jul-26-05 11:50 PM   #10 
  - attitudes like this  Kalish   Jul-27-05 12:18 AM   #12 
     - Certainly ahead of his time  Spiffarino   Jul-27-05 12:35 AM   #14 
        - We need to use him and others to frame our arguments  Kalish   Jul-27-05 12:42 AM   #15 
  - Read "What would Jefferson Do" by Thom Hartmann.  Opposite Reaction   Jul-27-05 12:25 AM   #13 
  - love your pantheon, most particularly the non-wasp part  Gabi Hayes   Jul-27-05 12:47 AM   #16 
  - When John Kennedy addressed nobel laureates in the White House  PurityOfEssence   Jul-27-05 12:54 AM   #17 

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