Reply To: Thomas Jefferson: America’s most esteemed child predator


Well written article, and something I had not frankly thought about. And, no doubt today, our present society would have found Jefferson’s actions immoral and criminal. Your article caused me to consider other examples that would have, in present day, landed some otherwise well respected American patriots and celebrities on the registry. For example, just to name a few, today the registry very well might include Pres. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Pres Andrew Johnson, Pres Martin Van Burren…Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marvin Gaye….etc…

I’m certain, with more research, many many more examples could be found. Today these men might very well appear on the registry. Still, they were able to contribute positively to our nation in different ways. The point is we are still human, and in spite of our acknowledged mistakes, it shouldn’t define the rest of our lives, our loved ones, or what we can positively contribute to society.