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Some Politics

We are truly in the political season. Trump picking his Vice President, and soon Clinton will pick her VP. So I thought it would be timely to reference some of the words of John Adams, in letters to his wife Abigail:

First, Adams once complained that the task of cleaning up the President’s House, the first family’s official residence before the White House and after George Washington’s term:

Last night for the first time I slept in our new House. But what a Scene: The Furniture belonging to the Publick is in the most deplorable Condition. There is not a Chair fit to sit in. The Beds and Bedding are in a woeful Pickle. This House has been a Scene of the most Scandalous Drinking and Disorder among the servants, that ever I heard of. I would not have one of them for any Consideration. There is not a Carpet nor a Curtain, nor a Glass nor Linnen nor China nor any Thing. Dont expose this Picture.”

Despite using a bit of old English, it’s still a bad thing to have to stay in a place that is a “woeful pickle”. Like one of those scary hotels where you sleep with your clothes on!

Second, as to the office of Vice President,  Adams once described the office of Vice President as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

And that’s some politics! I hope you have a great weekend!

Here’s a pic o’ day for the weekend that describes a “bad decision”:



Thomas Jefferson Reminder

     I like to post “thinking” lists. A great way to start a Monday. This list is a “way back”. Here’s a hint, assuming you haven’t looked at the blog title!

     President John F. Kennedy hosted a White House dinner of Nobel Prize winners. He started the dinner by complimenting the attendees with a special welcome. He told them that this much genius had not dined at the White House, since President Thomas Jefferson dined alone. So, we turn to the founding father who also truly trusted the jury system when he said, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution”.    

     The Ten Commandments of Thomas Jefferson:        



1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have earned it.
4. Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap.
5. Pride costs more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
6. We seldom repent of having eaten too little.
7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8. How much pain evils have cost us that have never happened!
9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
10. When angry, count to ten before you speak – if very angry, count a hundred.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For pic o day, worrying about who is behind you: 




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