Texas Tech University

POLITICAL TRUTH: OR ANIMADVERSIONS ON THE PAST AND PRESENT STATE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS BY EDMUND RANDOLPH

Publication Date: 1796 Randolph’s “response to the most humiliating event of his life, his abandonment by Washington and consequent resignation as his Secretary of State. Forced out by Anglophiles in the Cabinet and State Department who considered him a Jacobin, Randolph was charged with leaking secrets to the French, allegedly to repudiate the Jay Treaty. He charges his Federalist enemies “with an arrogance of spirit and boundlessness of ambition,” having “designs hostile to republicanism,” looking “with aversion on a scheme of universal equality.” The Federalists self-interested resides in “the ignorance of the people.” He saves his best shot for Alexander Hamilton, “the colossus of his party,” who really wanted a monarchical form of government, opposed a Bill of Rights, and is responsible for the “unconstitutional permanence: of the national debt and the “subversive” National Bank.” #0991
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