JEFFERSON AND MY MOTHER

Is your path occasionally crossed by an obnoxious zealot? Perhaps it is a friend, relative, or co-worker who asks for your opinion then snarls at your answer. Thomas Jefferson left some advice for you in a letter to his grandson on November 24, 1796.

“In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe, and the opinions on which they will act. Get by them, therefore, as you would by an angry bull; it is not for a man of sense to dispute the road with such an animal.”

My mother’s advice was, don’t argue with a drunk. Same concept.

So much fuss is made about political acrimony today one could easily get the idea it was never so in the past. But our very nation was born out of political acrimony. The Tea Party, the one in 1773, was a manifestation of political acrimony between the King and the people.

If you are set upon with offensive words, be not dismayed. If you are charged with same, be not intimidated. For of such has it always been and forever will it so remain.

Click this link for a short video of the Bolivian Parliament in action and I mean action.

Bob B

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