"The press is vital to the success of the nation."
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson
When you vote for president, you are also voting for his cabinet, his White House staff, his level of enforcement of the laws on the books, indeed, for his likely executive orders, and for his or her nominations to the U.S. court system, including the Supreme Court.
Disenchantment with the Vice Presidency began early. The nation’s very first Vice President John Adams called the office "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."
My life has been marked, my life has been made, by the existence of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and its 57 affiliated state and territorial humanities councils.
The Lewis & Clark trail begins at Monticello and ends at the mouth of the Columbia. But the best part of the whole transcontinental trail lies between the confluence of the Judith and Missouri Rivers in eastern Montana, and Orofino, Idaho, on the Clearwater River on the other side of the Bitterroot Mountains.
Jefferson's model was the Latin poet Horace who shunned the sewers of Rome to live on his modest Sabine farm, where he worked in the soil by day and at night drank a couple of glasses of good-enough wine with his virtuous spouse before the fireplace in their modest cottage.
We return to our “Jefferson 101” series with a continued discussion about Jefferson’s period of retirement after his term as Secretary of State ended in 1793 and he returned to Monticello. Subjects include Jefferson’s reasons for leaving Washington, the Jay treaty, slavery and a revealing letter Jefferson wrote to his daughter Maria.