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The three largest contradictions that stand out amongst his actions were his war with the Barbary pirates, using restrictive economic policies to achieve his goals, and his acquiring of Louisiana.
Although these contradictions were for the good of the country, he still went against the convictions that got him elected. Critically, Thomas Jefferson went against his views of having "unnecessarily" large military that would intimidate other countries.
When President John Adams proposed to expand America's armed forces and create a navy, Jefferson campaigned against such a move both for reasons of expense and to avoid the precedent of a standing army. These pirates had long made a national industry of blackmailing and plundering merchant ships that ventured into the Mediterranean.
Jefferson's decision to destroy these people was a blatant disregard for his previous view on this issue. Also, Jefferson did not "inform Congress until the warships had sailed far enough to be effectively beyond recall.
In American politics, it is illegal for the executive branch to declare war on a foreign entity, because it takes an act of congress to do so. Clearly, Jefferson had thorough knowledge of this and yet still went forward and declared war illegally. Also, because our military was weak, Jefferson instead of building up the military still went against his previous views by using economic might Doc A.
With the nation militarily feeble, Jefferson decided to force respect for the nation's rights by an economic boycott in Stubbornly, even though this boycott turned out to be inefficient and harmful, Jefferson refused to lift the embargo for two years.
Finally, Jefferson caved in to congressional pressure, and halted the paralyzing economic policy.
Another example of Jefferson changing his point of view on economic policy is his view on free trade, which fit his libertarian use of thought.
Jefferson used this vocal point in his election against John Adams, yet once in power he failed to install aThomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency Order instructions Directions: In this DBQ, you must compose an essay that uses both your interpretation of Documents A–E and your own outside knowledge of the period mentioned in this question.
Zahra Mahmood December 21, AP U.S. History I&II DBQ 4- Thomas Jefferson and Political Consistency, In the years prior to Thomas Jefferson's presidency, he was a very vocal critic of a centralized federal government and he was an avid follower of the constitution, yet once he became Commander in Chief he changed his tune towards these issues.4/4(1).
Thomas Jefferson And Philosophical Consistency Thomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency In years prior to Thomas Jefferson's presidency, he was very vocal towards certain subjects. He was more for state's rights moreso than anything else.
He was a strict follower of the constitution. APUSH Thomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency, Thomas Jefferson was an early American politician, who was well-known for his actions during his presidency.
He was labeled as a Democratic-Republican, meaning he favored stronger rights of individual states, rather than a central government with a lot of power. That is, at least in the years prior to his presidency. Dbq 3 Thomas Jefferson And Philosophical Consistency DBQ #3 Thomas Jefferson was an early American politician, who was well-known for his actions during his presidency.
He was labeled as a Democratic-Republican, meaning he favored stronger rights of individual states, rather than a central government with a lot of power.