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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John Adams

In a strange twist of irony I happen to be reading David McCullough's biography of John Adams in the midst of all this craziness and debate that is taking place in Washington D.C. at this time.  John Adams was first of all a good citizen, then a good lawyer who found the study of the law fascinating and irresistable and only later, as the pressures of English oppression continued to grow, an outspoken American patriot and statesman.
    As a superb orator, Adams was able to write and speak words that stirred the hearts of his fellow colonists to such a degree that they were willing to and did stand against the unjust actions of the occupying British forces.   I can not help but be struck by some of the quotes from Adam's writings.

"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free governmnent ought to be to trust no man living
with power to endanger the public liberty."

"The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral character of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved..."

and this, describing the hearts of the remaining colonists, after many had fled back to England after the salvaged cannon routed them from Boston Harbor, "We were about one third Tories, and one third timid, and on third true blue."

When did we cease to have men of  honor and character and integrity sworking for the continued liberties and good of the people of America; men whose focus and desire was serve the people of America and America herself. It seems to me that congress has become so inflexibly partisan that the goal seems to be nothing more than opposing the 'other side' no matter what.  Where are our statesmen? Where are the strong, intelligent and self-less men who are more concerned about the good of America than with their own re-election campaigns and some pledge they spoke to insure the support of the those with the money.
    I am absolutely certain John Adams would have a few choice words to say to the congress if he were alive and in the chamber today.

1 comment:

Jan B said...

Ahhh, one of my favorite books (and authors) of all time. I'm a bit cynical when it comes to politics so prefer to stick my head in the sand (i. e. did't watch the Obama-nation the other night) but, yes, I'd LOVE to hear Mr. Adams' thoughts on the matter... :)