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Question for the Ages
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Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 2:39 AM EST
Jan 23 2013

James Taylor's appearance at the inaugural raised again the thorny question: why do old male folk singers all look like accountants?


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Another reason conservatives hate Jefferson...
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Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 1:10 AM EST
Jan 23 2013

...and why Texas textbooks are replacing his many contributions and observations with references to St. Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin:

Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
=letter to Samuel Kercheval from Thomas Jefferson,
June 12, 1816


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