Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Booklog6

Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia, p.164-165

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth. Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age nor nation has furnished an example. It is the mark set on those, who not looking up to heaven, to their own soil and industry, as does the husbandman, for their subsistance, depend on it the casualties and caprice of customers. Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the design of ambition. This, the natural progress and consequence of the arts, has sometimes perhaps been retarded by accidental circumstances: but, generally speaking, the proportion which the aggregate of the other classes of citizens bears in any state to that of its husbandmen, is the proportion of its unsound to its healthy parts, and is a good enough barometer whereby to measure its degree of corruption. While we may have land to labour then, let us never wish to see our citizens occupied at a work-bench, or twirling a distaff.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

In Togetherness and Reconstruction We Trust

I'd considered a 'First 100-esque' diatribe. Yet on the heel of 'Red Friday', I ask Bev... where's the abortion debate... the Wheat Board showdown... senate reform? In effect, the burning issues of 'thirteen unlucky years of appaling pillage' that brought us this minority government in the first place.

Is the domestic agenda being forced off the radar?

UPDATE: As per the comments, a self-portrait is in order. I found that dapper hat in a kitschy store on Queen West: