I want to make one other change in the blogging. I’m shitcanning the idea of a penultimate blog shining with the eternal light of a City of God, as His Servant, chanting in the profound cadences of the Gregorian, sways with The Great Unwashed. What was I thinking!
The last time I saw this movie was in Minnesota, the brilliant Pfotenhauer girls, Martha, looking away for a moment from a magnificent watercolor she was painting and young Esther, looking up from a book, the porch a glory of fresh flowers,
the light shimmering under a cloudless, blue sky. They watched the men below. They never waved, shouted, sang out to the farmer boys cranking along in their wagons.
They waited motionless until the young lads moved deeper into the valley and disappeared.
What Rebecca and Norman taught me is that if you want to master anything it’s done one problem at a time. Put all your eggs in one basket and WATCH THAT BASKET! I think Thurber said that first. Damn! Like I said, no more Pinocchios. The genius Democrat still gets the last word in the ultimate blog.
Problem: The Right and The Left, together,
God’s in His heaven,
All’s right with the world.
Out of our 240 year history as the UNITED States, which two Presidents out of our forty five Chiefs of State, had the depth of mind and strength of character to recognize this binary structure.
Answer – George Washington and Barack Obama.
Evidence: Yesterday, Rhodehamel’s biography of Washington, The Wonder of the Age, arrived. Published 2017! I read through the first nine pages. Done! Tossed the book some place. Today I had to waste fifteen minutes digging it out. Beethoven signed many of his letters, “In haste.” “Hurriedly.” I understand that now. Of course, he was writing The Ode to Joy, and Freddy is writing a blog to Simon. Hume, Bion, Beckett, Ludwig, Freddy – bunch of folks trying to strike a balance between hierarchical and planarity That’s what my planned exegesis of The Right and The Left, in that penultimate blog, was about. Instead, we’ll take it one carefully held egg at a time.
I’m going to simply quote from those nine pages. It wasn’t Hanna Segal sending me over the moon, but close.
“Washington was the central figure in a radical revolution that aimed at nothing less than the transformation of Western civilization.”
“Even in England the king was the unquestioned head of state.Just beneath royalty revolved the glittering constellations of aristocracy – proud lords and highborn ladies. They too were exalted far above the common run of men and women.”
“The American Revolution made the theory of popular government a reality for the first time. American success marked a fundamental turning point in human affairs.”
Washington “considered the new constitution an experiment on the practicability of republican government, and with what dose of liberty man could be trusted for his own good. He was determined the experiment should have a fair trial and would lose the last drop of his blood in support of it.”
“In an age that believed power corrupted its possessors, Washington was the wonder of the age. It was safe enough to treat this man like a king, because he didn’t want to be one.”
(to be continued)