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A portrait of Thomas Jefferson

On Turning Imperfect People Into Heroes

All real-life heroes are human. When we make them into something more, do we also play with tyranny?

The most beautiful words ever written

In the years leading up to the War of Independence politics in Philadelphia were at their height. Congress argued at each others’ throats, wary of the idea that the legislators with whom they negotiated today could be military commanders on the opposing team tomorrow.

Amidst all of it, Thomas Jefferson said next to nothing. Rather, he listened, asked questions, and avoided taking any particular stance.

A portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

As the political fervor grew to the point of open war John Adams requested that Jefferson pick a side. Jefferson stated he was for Independence. Adams then said to Jefferson words to this effect: Continue reading

Review: An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with TruthAn Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a record of maintaining a clear political mind and one’s search for strong character I enjoyed this book. Concerning his spiritual searches, I thought they were interesting to read, though I disagreed with him and, often times, found his point of view quite difficult to accept.

 

I must mention one thing which is not in the book before I continue, Continue reading

Happy President’s Day

President Coolidge (1923-1929)

Coolidge has always stuck out in my memory because of his quiet manner and his decisions geared towards a small federal government. Perhaps most of all I remember his famous response to the following question, imposed on him at a diner party by Dorothy Parker, “Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you.” Coolidge’s renowned response: “You lose.”

President Calvin Coolidge on wikipedia
Dorothy Parker, poet and satirist
List of American Presidents