Good point. If we evaluate Jefferson and Washington as human beings, especially from a modern vantage point, it muddies the picture.
I simplified it for the purpose of the article and evaluated them as “revolutionaries.” They were successful in the sense that they avoided the power-grab temptation that befell so many other revolutionaries.
I don’t know if I completely agree with the phrase “history is written by the victors.” I think there are different versions of history depending on who’s telling it. The American Revolution, I’m told, barely gets mentioned in the UK as it was a small piece of a larger confrontation with France.
I would bet that the Cuban Missile crisis is taught differently in Russia than it is here. The Civil War is probably presented with alternative perspectives depending on where you live.
I bet there’s another story/lesson in there somewhere.
Thanks for reading… and commenting. :)