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According to Jefferson, in his First Inaugural Address, what is the sacred principle of American constitutional government?

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In Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, he speaks of a sacred principle of American constitutional government. Jefferson's personal values, as well as those of the founding fathers, can be seen reflected in this statement. Jefferson was a believer in Enlightenment ideas like the three natural rights and the duty of the government to protect the rights of its citizens. In his First Inaugural Address, Jefferson states,

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. 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...

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