Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Psychic Founders?

By Cassandra D

We all know Jefferson was a visionary. Could it be possible, then, that he was actually writing this to us?


At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

Was Mr. Jefferson writing to us? I don't know. Would the quote 's context also be relevant? Here's what precedes it:

"Seeing, therefore, that an association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry, seeing that we must have somebody to quarrel with, I had rather keep our New England associates for that purpose than to see our bickerings transferred to others. They are circumscribed within such narrow limits, & their population so full, that their numbers will ever be the minority, and they are marked, like the Jews, with such a peculiarity of character as to constitute from that circumstance the natural division of our parties."

Or the part that's supposed to be between the words "debt" and "if;" the place where conscientious attributers put something called an ellipsis to indicate words left out:

"But who can say what would be the evils of a scission, and when and where they would end? Better keep together as we are, haul off from Europe as soon as we can, and from all attachments to any portions of it; and if they show their power just sufficiently to hoop us together, it will be the happiest situation in which we can exist."

Mr. Sullivan is welcome to think what he wants and support his viewpoint with whatever ideas he may find congenial to it. But trying to fit this quote onto our current situation is not much different from certain religious folks who pick and choose different Biblical passages to fit our world today into their version of the return of Christ.

When I cut and paste what someone says, I can make it agree with anything I choose. Except, of course, what the author may have intended to say in the first place.


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