… the republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind … It is indeed an animating thought, that while we are securing the rights of ourselves and our posterity, we are pointing the way to struggling nations, who wish like us to emerge from their tyrannies also. Heaven help their struggles, and lead them, as it has done us, triumphantly through them …
Source: To William Hunter, Esq., Mayor of Alexandria, March 11, 1790
From Koch & Peden’s Life & Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, P. 453
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Far-sighted leaders inspire the less-fortunate.
The government Jefferson called republican [small r] was one which regarded all men as created equal and possessing God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, one that derived its authority from the permission of those being governed. Any other form of government, based on privilege, wealth or power, would forever be at war with those God-given rights. That war could be secret, as privileges traded behind closed doors, or open, as in a dictatorship, but it was still a war against mankind.
Jefferson pointed out an added blessing. While America was pursuing a republican government for herself, she was an example to oppressed nations who hoped for the same freedom. He prayed they would be successful in their yearning, as his own country had been.
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