Susan Ryan’s Corn and Oil blog always gives me something to think about. On July 4th she posted some interesting comments about the history of our nation:
“As we munched on popcorn and cherries, we talked about the history of the 4th of July. And John Adams and Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s relationship and death on one particular July 4th. And the pattern of great nations and/or empires, as theyâ€™ve come and gone. And the importance of history documentation and the education thereof. A homeschooler I was chatting with once said that besides knowing how to read when ready and being exposed to overflowing bookshelves; history and math are what our kids need be exposed to on a regular basis. I agree with that in order to be an educated person, as everything else will fall into place as needed.
â€œHistory is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.â€ ~ Cicero
“Last night we talked about Woodrow Wilson and his endeavors as president. One of his concerns being the turning over of much power to a sort of shadow government (a very greedy one, at that)…”
And then Susan posted an excerpt from his book, The New Freedom: A Call for the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People, which was published by Doubleday & Co. in 1913. Still worthwhile reading, particularly in light of today’s relentless political posturings.