Jefferson himself was a bundle of contradictions and could even be called a hypocrite in some stances. He was very outspoken on the matter of human freedom, yet maintained a plantation full of slaves. He was all for state rights, but did not hesitate in taking advantage of federal power when it suited him. Many of his actions contradicted his beliefs also, such as the Louisiana Purchase. But all these contradictions may be what helped Jefferson maintain a neutral standpoint between parties. Although he was officially a Republican, most of his actions did not reflect a bias towards either side. As with the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson did what he thought was best for the country, even if it went against his personal beliefs. He did not focus on the slavery debate that came with the buying of the land, but rather diverted his attention to the fulfillment of the American dream of Manifest Destiny. This would prove tolling in the future, but was a clean decision for him at the time, one that would allow him to remain standing in his position of peacemaker between parties, and not tilt his favor one way or the other.