Love those John Adams quotes Mike.
I recorded and have so far watched 4 installments of the documentary miniseries, The Revolution. One line from the second episode sticks out in my mind, I loosely quote it here :
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Dennis mentioned Edmund Burke in one of the early posts in this thread (and his impact on Jefferson). I had a viewing of the musical 1776 at my house last night and just made a post in another thread on the film. Here's an excerpt:
Just grand. The best thing about this film is that it makes available--in a very accessible way to the audience--a great demonstration as to why the founding fathers got it right and so many of today's elected officials (at all levels of government) consistently get wrong. Lyman Hall sums it all up quite nicely in his brief conversation with John Adams before changing Georgia's vote in favor of independence. He quotes Edmund Burke's writings:
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Today, it seems most elected officials believe that by bowing to the opinions of their constituents will ensure them re-election instead of doing what is actually best for them. No polls. No pandering. Deliberation and tough decision-making are what's needed. And that agonizing compromise to ensure that the Declaration passed Congress is something I can hardly imagine happening in today's Congress.
I think we so often take the greatness of this nation for granted. It is a great day each year to focus on what makes the United States such an incredible nation.
There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!
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I had a viewing of the musical 1776 at my house last night and just made a post in another thread on the film. Here's an excerpt:
I guess I'm not the only one who has to watch our DVD of "1776" on the fourth. Such a great film.
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