Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thoughts On Tom

Lexington writes in regards to the Tea Party's focus on the text of the founding documents:
None of this is to say that the modern state is not bloated or over-mighty. There is assuredly a case to be made for reducing its size and ambitions and giving greater responsibilities to individuals. But this is a case that needs to be made and remade from first principles in every political generation, not just by consulting a text put on paper in a bygone age.

Sure sounds a lot like ""that the earth belongs to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it."

FLG has been thinking about Jefferson a lot since he visited Monticello.   FLG has always admired the man, even if he's a hypocritical enigma. However, this last time, as FLG's mother-in-law said that she very much admired Jefferson, FLG himself couldn't help but reflect on how Jefferson's philosophy is so at odds with FLG's time horizon theory. Not just the quote above, but also a revolution every twenty years. Paine's Eternal Now. And all that.

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