There’s a scene in the movie 1776 where John Dickenson has gone through a recitation of battles, statesmen, and great leaders from English history. He turns to John Adams and basically asks “if we’re giving up these things, what are we getting in return? You?” Adams didn’t have the greatest rep in the continental congress. Even he admitted he was “obnoxious and disliked.”
Rereading my last entry, I have to wonder. Our English ancestors went through the turmoil and upheaval of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At a time when governments were becoming more absolutist, they hung onto their hard won rights and liberties (even if they would have defined some of those rights and liberties in ways different from our definitions). At times they hung on by the skin of their teeth. They did these things so that their children (us) could bring forth…….W? Cheney? The rest of the useless crew that’s good enough to get elected and not much else?
Has a lion labored mightily only to bring forth…….. a mouse?