Jefferson, Jackson and Monroe: Principles upon which to Establish a Great Nation

Rough Draft:
Jeffersonian Principles: Self-reliance, small family based business model
Jackson: No Federal Debt
Monroe: Limited Foreign Entanglements

Each year, America spends an amount equal to all its income tax revenues just to support its military and pay the interest on the national debt.
Central government growth is largely due to the fed’s ability to borrow and spend with only superficial limitations. To survive as a strong nation, America must control its spending while expanding the personal earning capacity of its citizens. In confusing times as this, a few select ideals set forth by Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and James Monroe offer the best guide for America’s return to the economic and cultural forefront.
America’s economic woes have multiplied as large corporations have moved out of America for numerous reasons, These include lower pay abroad, insurance costs (due to a climate of excessive litigation in the U.S.), taxation and environmental regulation issues and escaping the clutches of trade unions.
America must restore its economy at the grass-roots level. Throughout American history, large businesses often started from small enterprises or even single family enterprise. Jefferson understood this principle. He encouraged the shop-keeper model for both personal well-being and economic success. As late as the 1970’s, businesses flourished in American neighborhoods. Machinists, barbers, bankers, mechanics, constructors, electricians, plumbers and a myriad of others busied themselves, building businesses by which they could live a good life and which they could hand down to successive family generations, yet large-corporation and large-government attitudes and government policies choked out individual initiative from the early 1980’s onward. Often the same government that gave special protections for large corporations also installed the mechanisms that doomed the businesses. Accordingly, various policies such as land-control and liability legislation cemented America’s course. Governments across the spectrum (local to federal) got in on the action, often at cross-purposes. America must take measures to reverse its course, drastically altering previously installed hindering policies such as tax policy, regulatory policy, land-use regulation, expanding the welfare dependance mentality, and legal litigation policy to encourage a return to the American economic and cultural ideals asserted by Jefferson: self-reliance and personal economic opportunity.

Andrew Jackson: The last time America was out of debt was during Jackson’s Presidency. Since that time, America has continually been in debt and the continual boom-bust cycle has dominated. A stable money supply, not undermined by national borrowing is mandatory to a stable, successful economy.
Monroe Foreign Doctrine: America has over-extended its economic and military power abroad and inflamed relations around the world with armed threats, manipulation and interference. America has long-standing armies in Japan, Germany and Korea. America must stand by her allies in a balanced manner, offering support, yet not maintaining vast forces around the globe. America must develop and employ its own natural resources for its own uses, especially oil reserves, rather than entangling itself in disasterous relations in Africa and the Middle East solely to extract petroleum. Along with this, America must advance in using reasonable alternatives, such as natural gas (methane). 

The target should be a scaled down military, highly efficient and mobile, with a great presence on the oceans with strong air transport capabilities, yet as much as possible, stationed in the U.S.’s fifty states. Where American forces are stationed, American money is spent, in huge amounts. This money should support Americans as much as possible. 

America should support Britain, Israel, Japan, Germany, S. Korea and other similar allies in a strong manner, yet in a manner that moves toward predominant national self-reliance and sovereignty for both nations. America must abstain from heavy-handed foreign policy, leading not by the strong hand, but by setting a self-focused strong, good noble example. America must abandon heavy-handed, intrusive, manipulatory foreign policies, adopting a good-neighbor, independence focused policy limited primarily to the Western Hemisphere.

Jefferson’s grass-roots economic model from which larger, stronger America-based companies may emerge, unleashed from government imposed (wide spectrum-local to federal), ineffective regulation;
Jackson’s ideal of abstaining from national borrowing.
Monroe’s model of limited foreign policy primarily focusing on national security and the Western Hemisphere.


Andrew Jackson in a letter to his wife, Rachel Jackson, 21 December 1823:   “I trust that the god of Isaac and of Jacob will protect you, and give you health in my abscence, in him alone we ought to trust, he alone can preserve, and guide us through this troublesome world, and I am sure he will hear your prayers. We are told that the prayers of the righteous prevaileth much, and I add mine for your health and preservation untill we meet again.”

“I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
– Thomas Jefferson (inscribed around the inside of the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington)

James Monroe: For these blessings we owe to Almighty God, from whom we derive them, and with profound reverence, our most grateful and unceasing acknowledgments… .That these blessings may be preserved and perpetuated will be the object of my fervent and unceasing prayers to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

“Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms… If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.”


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