Thomas Jefferson, like all Presidents–and the rest of us–expressed many opinions that could be isolated and used to support almost anything. So, I’m not suggesting that this one quotation is a summation of all he believed. However, since he said it in the second paragraph of his first Inaugural Address it undoubtedly was a priority for him.
The sentiments could be applied after most elections, at any governmental level and in any organization, and are worthy of our sincere consideration.
Let us then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.
And let us reflect, that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little, if we countenance a political intolerance, as despotic, as wicked, and as capable of bitter persecutions.