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Democratic Republican
He won the election thanks to slaves
He was a big idealist
At the same time a big realist
He was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson
He was Virginia's governor
Built a mansion called Monticello
He was a Renaissance man
There wasn't much he could not do
His vice Aaron Burr was crazy
and shot Alexander Hamilton
He repealed federal taxes
and fiercely opposed a central bank

You were ahead of your time
You were ahead of your time

He bought Louisiana
Which doubled the size of the state
It was a really good deal, but
maybe not constitutional
He sent Lewis and Clark to
explore the vast territory
He never vetoed a single bill
Rarely spoke out in public
Thought we should be agrarian
And our rights inalienable
Had faith in democracy
and had faith in morality

He favored states' rights over
a strong federal government
But he ignored the rights of
slaves and Native Americans
He was a hypocrite
Talked the talk but didn't walk the walk
He had a slave mistress
Pushed for Indian removal
Yes he ended the slavery trade
But failed with the Embargo Act
He was a hypocrite
Talked the talk, but didn't walk the walk

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 1), track released February 21, 2011
Matt Beat

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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