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Today’s quote is again from the movie musical 1776. It comes at the point in the story where John Adams and Ben Franklin, desperately looking for a way to delay a vote on independence that they know they will lose, propose the writing of a Declaration of the colonist’s intent. Pressed by the other delegates for an explanation of why the Declaration is necessary, Adams and Franklin are foundering, unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, until Thomas Jefferson steps up and saves them, saying:
“To place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent.”
I want to be able to write like that. When I’ve written about politics here at Ricochet, that was the effect I was hoping to achieve, but it never works out that way. I’m not sure if I’ve ever changed a single mind on a single subject.
Why can’t you people see how right I am?
Anyway, that’s why I mostly just write the light and fluffy stuff. I decided to go with Ben Franklin. (In the song where he is pressed by Adams to be the one to write the Declaration.)
Mr. Adams, but, Mr. Adams.
The things I write are only light extemporanea.
I won’t put politics on paper… it’s a mania.
So, I refuse to use the pen in Pennsylvania.