Friday, June 22, 2012
POLITICS WILL BE WRITTEN ABOUT ONCE HERE, NOW
I've been grazing Amazon for a good book about current American politics, most of which books are, like this book, really fun to look at because their covers are so magnificently designed. Look at that title! David Limbaugh (there are two of them, I was unaware) apparently thinks that being a great destroyer is a bad thing, but Founding Papa Bear Thomas Jefferson believes otherwise:
...it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished then in their natural course with those who gave them being. This could preserve that being till it ceased to be itself, and no longer. Every constitution then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.--It may be said that the succeeding generation exercising in fact the power of repeal, this leaves them as free as if the constitution or law has been expressly limited to 19 years only. (from a letter sent to James Madison on 6 September 1789).
Looks like we're about 204 years overdue for some Great Destruction. This is the last expressly political post. I'll leave the political books for the big kids. I prefer pretend stuff like fiction and poetry and essays about rhinoceroses (Eliot Weinberger has a wonderful one in An Elemental Thing).