Monday, July 26, 2010

The pendulum swings right and then left. . .

The struggle between political philosophies has been raging since our founding as a nation.  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams started tangling soon after the Constitution was signed over something so simple as how the new country would address President George Washington. 

Jefferson as Secretary of State favored no titles, and Adams as Vice-President (and President of the Senate) made a fool of himself trying to come up with high-sounding titles nobody liked. 

That's how we ended up with "Mr. President" as the appropriate title. 

Adams was at the head of the "Monarchists," with Jefferson heading up the "Federalists" (convenient labels, but meaningless) in that debate, and in spite of it all they began and ended as tried and true friends.  Adams became the second, then Jefferson the third president of the United States.  The political divide has always been part of our American fabric.

This one has made the rounds before. It's a classic political cartoon from a 1934 edition of the Chicago Tribune (in case you missed it) -- "PLANNED ECONOMY OR PLANNED DESTRUCTION?"

The caption on the sign in the bottom left reads: 
Plan of Action for U.S.
Spend! Spend! Spend
under the guise of
recovery -- bust the
government -- blame
the captialists for
the failure --
junk the Constitution
and declare

The more things change, the more they tend to remain the same!  Keep smilin' . . .

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