Caught again. Spent about an hour trying to find Jefferson encouraging
generational revolution. Could not.
I did find him in a letter to John Adams of Sept 4 1823 speaking of the
continuing need for revolution in Europe.
"In France the 1st effort was defeated by Robespierre, the 2d by Bonaparte,
the 3d by Louis XVIII. and his holy allies; another is yet to come, and all
Europe, Russia excepted, has caught the spirti, and all will attain
representative government, more or less perfect. This is now welll
understood to be a necessary check on kings, whom they will probably think
it more prudent to chain and tame than to exterminate. To attain all this
however rivers of blood must yet flow, and years of desolation pass over."
Apologies. Someday I will learn to check sources before using material I
received second hand. It is difficult to be suspicious of everything since
all my ?knowledge? is derived second hand.
A bit of sunlight in a less than bright day was the discovery of Thomas
Jefferson's "Thoughts on English Prosody" In the forwarding letter for
these thoughts Jefferson admits to originally believing that English verse
was Quantitative and that through study he discovered his error.
And while we are excorigating Bush on traffic jams lets not forget the
freezing of the western air grid over a presidential haircut conducted on a
runway in lala land. New Mexico has one north/south corridor (I-25) and one
east/west corridor (I-40) Al Gore managed to freeze interstate travel in
the state by electing to drive 50 miles from Albuquerque to Santa Fe through
the intersection of these two interstates. Why did he drive? Made a grand
caravan with all the dignitaries in their own black cars. Took damn near
every cop in the state to escort them. Place was almost free for an hour or
so with all the politicians bowing and kowtowing to each other on I-25. I
guess they enjoyed themselves throughly spending all that money on
McfIntosh, NM, USA
From: Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:57 AM
Subject: OT (mainly) - Various thoughts
>I haven't been feeling like making many lenghty posts lately (I've
>been spending too much time at computers) but today I can't seem to
>resist making a few comments, mainly off topic. Don't expect much in
>the way of debates here, I'm just adding a few thoughts.
>> You know Jefferson thought that a revolution every generation or so
>> might be a good idea.
>I've seen this quote a lot and it has its merits but I haven't seen
>much written about what would happen if we did have recurring
>revolutions. The U.S. was lucky the first time, we were led by
>Washington, not Napolean. The revolution of 1861-65 was a mixed bag.
>McVeigh's attempt at a revolution didn't work out well at all.