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-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
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Wednesday, June 09, 2004
I vote Jefferson and Lincoln great, Washington almost great, and Roosevelt fair-to-middlin'. I mean, the whole Great White Fleet thing was cool, and the National Parks are nice, but the Bull Moose Party was a serious error in judgment. Washington was charismatic, but ineffective. Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, Declaration of Independence, and standing up to the French put him just over the line.
Sorry, thanks for playing. Washington was great because he was the first, and he set the precedent that has survived through this day--and if we're going to be talking about pre-President stuff like the Declaration of Independence, then he gets full credit for that whole "winning the Revolutionary War" thing. He kept the nation together through its unsteady first eight years as a true nation, and he did so with a grace and dignity matched by few.
Jefferson, on the other hand, is knocked back from the line by his utopian proto-progressivism, the remarkably unhelpful embargo, his "enlightened" version of the Bible, and for changing "property" to "pursuit of happiness" in his rip-off of John Locke.
Ah, it's fun to watch loved ones fight over blog. :-)Post a Comment
I'm... er... going to stay out of this fight.
BUT, wanted to say: Cool pics, Tim. And visit our blog. It's, as always, very not-cool, as it's... er... mediocre at best... but, visit anyway. :) I'd feel cool to get a "comment" from your neck of the woods.
Toodles, and keep in touch.
2 months left to go, guys! -Bliss