our wish, as well as their’s [our political opponents], is, that the public efforts may be directed honestly to the public good: that peace be cultivated, civil & religious liberty unassailed, law & order preserved, equality of rights maintained, & that state of property, equal or unequal, which results to every man from his own industry, or that of his fathers … let us cherish them with patient affection: let us do them justice … & we need not doubt that truth, reason, & their own interests will at length prevail, will gather them into the fold of their country …
Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Effective leaders proclaim the vision to friend and foe alike.
As Thomas Jefferson neared the end of his address, he reiterated in broad terms the goals to which all citizens could agree:
1. Honest public servants working for the public good
2. Peace with other nations cultivated
3. Personal and religious freedom guaranteed
4. Equal rights maintained
5. Property rights protected
As they strived toward these goals, they were to maintain affection and promote justice for their political opponents, confident that , “truth, reason, & their own interests” would win them over.