Tonight the Florida Democratic Party honors Thomas Jefferson whose brilliance and thoughtfulness made the American War for Independence a true revolution of ideas and ideals, and Andrew Jackson who was the first American President to reach out to the mass of people who were not aristocrats. Jackson achieved the greatest military victory of America's first half century as the General who defeated the British regulars at the Battle of New Orleans. In reality, it was the first time the Americans had faced a British elite force in either the War for Independence or the War of 1812. Jackson also struggled to preserve the union and by rejecting South Carolina's attempts to "nullify" the tariff of 1828, Jackson preserved the union and laid the groundwork for Abraham Lincoln a generation later to save the union from Civil War and secession.
Jefferson rejected centralized government and the decision making of a few monied elites. Together with James Madison they formed the Republican (now the Democratic) Party which advocated individual liberty and freedom of speech and the press. Jefferson's brilliance and idealism was recognized all over world and he was in fact the inspiration for many of the Revolutions that swept Europe in the 1800s. As a Democrat I feel it is important to remember the contributions of these two extrodinary men.
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