Caroline MacGregor December 7, 2012 | WGVU
"Thomas Jeffersen managed to combine two great skill sets, as we would say now. He would project an ideal to reality. Often visionaries are not very good mechanics and often mechanics aren't very good visionaries. Our greatest presidents have been those who've been a little of both and Jefferson managed to create a vision of the country and work very hard to make it come to pass."
Speaking to a sold out event at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center,
author Jon Meacham called the third president of the United States and author
of the declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, a man of genius
and contradiction, embodying both the promise and the shortcomings of the
American experiment. Meacham's book is an intimate portrait of Jefferson the human being and the
politician, a Renaissance figure who led a nation through ferocious
partisanship and cultural warfare in an age of economic change and external
Meacham says Jefferson was not able to realize or live up to his own
ideals in his life.
I asked Mr. Meacham about the issue of
character and whether a politician should exercise the same standard of ethics
or ideologies in his or her personal life that they espouse in public.
personally he learns more from sinners than from saints. He believes if we look
up reflectively and glowingly at people or down on them self-righteously, we
learn less than we do if than if we try to look them in the eye.
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