Would G. Washington, T. Jefferson, or A. Lincoln would be welcome in today's Conservative Party?
That would be the Conservative/Tea Party aka Republican Party.
The fact that the conservatives in Texas are seeking to write Jefferson out of our history books would seem to give you your answer in regards to him. I doubt any of the others would be anymore welcome.
Let's see. Jefferson railed against government debt, lead the Anti-Federalists, insisted on government being very small and limited. "That government governs best that governs least." Jefferson would be welcomed.
Washington was a man of profound character. Upright and moral baring, gentlemanly manners, a successful business man, successful soldier, leader, self educated. He insisted on a reliance on Providence. He was a churched man and prayed regularly. He insisted on duty, selfless service to his country and was generous with himself and his wealth. He did not insist that others be compelled toward generosity by an over reaching state.
Lincoln was self made, self educated and he too, insisted on a reliance upon the divine. He spoke often of providence. Lincoln also understood the value and nature of private property rights. He was also a man of profound character.
All three sound like the kind of men that conservatives would gladly welcome. The only liberal(the current meaning) position taken by any of them was Jefferson's support of the French Revolution.
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln never attended college and so would not be accepted by their parties as candidates today. Other than that, they would have fit in very well in today's political arena. GW's desire to remain out of "entangling alliances" was merely a reflection of the feeling of those days. He liked power as much as the next man and so today would probably be supportive of our current imperial adventures. Thomas Jefferson would need some good coaching on politicking, but would also fit in very well in the 21st Century White House.
I take exception that George Washington was a successful businessman or a successful soldier. He inherited, he married well, and he borrowed a lot from his mother when he was broke, so I guess that makes him somewhat successful. The French won the American Revolution for him. We have Ben Franklin to thank for setting that up. So these failures makes Washington a perfect Republican. Washington was undoubtedly a great leader and statesman, however. He is the main reason we have a republic today instead of the articles of confederation. Lincoln was not a godly man at all, but often made references to god in speeches to get elected. Jefferson was a hypocrit, which makes him a perfect Democrat. Both parties are really about the same.
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