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#1 Greg Burnham

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 02:21 PM

Many have complained at the tone of today's political debates and have claimed that America has somehow sunk to its worst point in the history of election cycles.

 

Not true.

 

Consider the rhetorical ad hominem attacks launched between two of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams:

 

Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." 

In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-life fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."

As the slurs piled on, Adams was labeled a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant, while Jefferson was branded a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward. *

 

​So while we may not be in the best of times, in terms of negative rhetoric, certainly we aren't in the worst of times either.

 

Eventually, Adams and Jefferson completely mended their differences and were lifelong close friends and allies.

 

* Source: CNN


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#2 Charles Drago

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:31 PM

"Thomas Jefferson lives."


"[Y]ou can't blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity." -- Graham Greene, The Quiet American

"If an individual, through either his own volition or events over which he had no control, found himself taking up residence in a country undefined by flags or physical borders, he could be assured of one immediate and abiding consequence. He was on his own, and solitude and loneliness would probably be his companions unto the grave." -- James Lee Burke, Rain Gods

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. i think i too have known
autumn too long
-- e. e. cummings




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