Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

What would Thomas Jefferson say if he were on a TV interview show today? Jefferson is well known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

According to, Jefferson once told an interviewer, “I saw my job as trying to bring together and harmonize a variety of different opinions.  We are putting before all of mankind words that are both simple and firm, a justification for the stand that we were being forced to take.  I did not consider it a part of my charge to invent new ideas, but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject.”

A couple of those common sense ideas were that all men are created equal by their Creator…and the Creator has given them the unalienable right to seek life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

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