What Was Jefferson?
by Chad Schaeffer and Joe Dise
Jefferson was a pragmatist, definitely!
Jefferson said that "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction
is the first and only legitimate object of good government" in a letter to Maryland republicans, in 1809. When he was president, and part of the government he was supposed to do this. With his embargo he made many people angry and unhappy, although he thought it was for their own good. He bent his own morals, although for good reasons, and therefore is a pragmatist.