Hi sorry to bother you! I was curious because you said that Madison and Monroe would be republicans, but you didn't include Jefferson (the most famous Democratic-Republican). Would he be a democrat or a republican or something different! Thanks so much!
Thomas Jefferson would not be a Democrat or a Republican.
Modern Democrats are descended from the Democratic Republican Party that Jefferson and Madison organized. But Jefferson himself, unlike Madison who would be a republican (in my eyes) would not be a democrat or a republican.
Jefferson would not be caught dead in the Republican party- yes, and I mean that. Jefferson was a firm believer in the wall of separation of church and state. The modern Republican Party does not share this position, as it is largely dominated by people who disdain the separation of church and state. If had Jefferson seen the efforts by the Religious Right to change science education, enforce religious standards, divert taxpayer money to religious institutions, and use the power of government to regulate personal behavior,- he would be horrified. Jefferson believed in keeping military spending minimal and holding to a largely pacifistic foreign policy. The modern Republican Party believes in pouring LARGE amounts of money into military-industrial creations, including military projects of huge expense. Jefferson believed that war should only be resorted to if ABSOLUTELY necessary; he strenuously avoided war with Britain in 1807 during his second presidency, even when the entire country was wanted it. In contrast, the last Republican administration invaded Iraq, a country that had not attacked the United States and had no plans to do so. Jefferson would have supported the campaign in Afghanistan, which was undertaken in response to a direct attack, but he would have fiercely opposed the invasion of Iraq as unnecessary. Jefferson would have agreed with the Republican’s foundation: lower taxes, smaller government, balanced budgets etc. But he would noticed Republicans not implement their own policies. And they increased the size of government- which the sage of Monticello would not a liked one bit.
BUT Jefferson wouldn’t be a democrat, either! He would have rejected the Democratic Party’s power of the federal government (Jefferson wanted those be mini). Jefferson would have questioned the use of a federal Department of Education; it should be on a local level (he would decide). He would question the necessity of a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, when people should be expected to deal with these issues as a community. Also he would ask: do we really need the federal government, rather than the German-American community, to declare October 6 to be German-American Day? The Democratic Party of today does not feel the same way, as demonstrated by their many federal programs that they are constantly creating.
During John Adams’s presidency, Congress passed the Alien Enemies Act (An Act Respecting Alien Enemies), authorizing the arrest, imprisonment and deportation of any male who was a citizen of a nation at war with the U.S., even without any evidence he was an actual threat. Thomas Jefferson wrote on the alien act:
“Alien friends are under the jurisdiction and protection of the laws of the State wherein they are: that no power over them has been delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the individual States, distinct from their power over citizens. And it being true as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, that ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,’ the act of the Congress of the United States, passed on the — day of July, 1798, intituled ‘An Act concerning aliens,’ which assumes powers over alien friends, not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void, and of no force.”
In my view, he would be a libertarian today, second an independent and third a democrat. He would never be caught DEAD and I mean that- in the Republican party.