Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Well Played, Tommy!

This whole Shays's Rebellion thing is everywhere these days, isn't it? Everyone is so, well, freaked out, by it! We hear that the dudes at the Constitutional Convention could think of nothing else--farmers with pitchforks! anarchy! oh my!

Tommy seems to be the only one who has taken the news with any kind of perspective. He wrote to Abigail Adams on February 22, 1787: "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the Atmosphere."

That sounds about right!

After he had received his copy of the proposed Constitution he wrote to JA's secretary William S. Smith that he (rightly!) thought that "Our convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen-yard in order." Our sources (who got a peek at the letter) said that he also said that a lack of rebellion would be "the forerunner of death to the public liberty" and that "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It's natural manure."

We wonder if he has any patriots or tyrants in mind? Hmm...we could think of a few!

For not losing your mind and continuing to fight for the right of the people to defend their own liberties, we say Well Played Tommy! Keep it up, we have high hopes for you.

(We do have to mention however that some rather disturbing reports have come our way that you've been dividing your time in Paris between two women--one of whom is married and a known flirt! The other is a young girl who looks strikingly like your dead-wife, only her complexion is slightly darker. Be careful Tommy, we see you!)


GayProf said...

Indigenous people are less than amused by either side's idea of who qualifies for the people's liberties...

I think this scandal sheet needs more exposition for most of your readers are not as in touch with the times.

Mercy O. Warren said...

Point well taken, gayprof!

Sometimes I get so taken in by Tommy being better at talking about freedom and liberty than his peeps that I forget that he doesn't really mean it.