Ron Paul is not the Thomas Jefferson of our time. Granted, for all I know, Paul might agree with Jefferson's practice of owning slaves and siring offspring with them, but on the substantive issues of running our government, the two men are fundamentally different.
President Thomas Jefferson BORROWED MONEY. He lead us into debt, $15 million of it, which was by far the biggest expenditure and expansion of our government to date. What's more, Jefferson borrowed that money on an authority the Constitution does not give the President nor the Federal government: He used it to purchase the Louisiana territories from France. This was an utterly unconstitutional action which Ron Paul would have never stood for.
On an intellectual level it's impossible for even Steven Hawking to be a Thomas Jefferson.
Knowledge has progressed far, too far for any one man to hold the depth and breadth of it that prevailed among the types of men our Founding Fathers - and Jefferson in particular - were.
Jefferson was among other things a botanist, a biologist, a geologist, an agrarian expert, a political wonk with expertise in history, cultures, and affairs of the known world deeper than anyone alive would have today.
He was an architect, a physicist, a chemist, a paleontologist, and a tremendous natural historian.
He was a philosopher, a mathematician, and a theologist, (specifically a deist or naturalist.)
In short, Jefferson knew more about his world - at that time and it's current state of knowledge - than any 20 living Ph.D. experts in their fields living today.
Knowledge in individual fields has expanded to the point even the wisest of scientists can barely hold their own in more than one or two fields today but in Jefferson's time it was possible for a man of wealth and leisure to educate himself so well and so broadly as to be literally, one of the "Wise Men" of the entire world.
There are no Thomas Jeffersons anymore, and there never will be again.
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