I'm waiting on the mail to run. I ordered a copy of Office '07 from Ebay. Claims to be Office Pro, with licenses for five machines. I'm hoping it's an accurate description. If it is, and it works, I'm storing that sucker for the future.
As I wait, I was thinking. My other half and kids watched 1776 the evening of July 4, while waiting for the sun to set for fireworks. I listened and paid attention, because it's honestly one of my favorite movies. I love the dialogue and the music.
As I did, I came to an utterly startling realization. A couple of them, really.
First: the only thing that's really changed about our government and how it works is the size of the chamber and the number of loudmouths in it. They were horrible and nasty to each other: mud-slinging, insulting, and everything we deplore in our current politics.
Well, one thing's definitely changed: they're nowhere near as witty as they used to be in their insults. Then again, I'm pretty sure we don't have a Franklin in politics, now. With the skeletons in his closet, there'd be no way for him to survive the sharks.
I am of the opinion that Ted Cruz is today's John Adams.*
There was wrangling, boredom, fretting at the lack of getting anything done, irritation at the weather,** and irritation at colleagues abstaining from most, if not all, votes (New York's rep--the state couldn't agree on instructions to send).
You can see the exact same shenanigans watching C-Span.
And second: the philosophies haven't changed, even if what the parties call themselves has. Instead of Whigs and Tories, we have Republicans and Democrats...but the names don't necessarily line up with what the political philosophies boil down to.
Freedom vs. Statists. Freedom vs. slavery, though not necessarily called that.
It comes down to the difference between being a citizen and being a subject.
And those "cool, cool, considerate men," those in favor of slavery and in favor of staying under British control? They are still around today. They're the ones still in favor of a government controlling people's lives and livelihoods. And they're in both parties. In nominal and factual control of both.
The only difference, anymore, is how fast they want to crush the rest of us under their well-shod heels.
I am a Whig, if I am anything. I favor freedom. For all. And I favor allowing people to face the consequences--good and bad--of the choices that they make, rather than diminishing the good and cushioning the bad.
I am a leave-me-the-hell-alone libertarian. And I'm pretty sure Mr. Adams and Mr. Franklin would approve (even if I'd have to slap Mr. Franklin a few times).
I am also all set up with Office, so I'm going to go get to work. Cheers!
*"I am obnoxious and disliked, you know that, sir."
**It was hot. Sweltering. Keeping windows closed made it worse. And opening windows with no screens plus horse crap in the streets (and human crap in the outhouses) meant flies.
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