Sunday, September 14, 2008

Finally gonna do it

I have asked for next Friday off and Sweetie and I are going to go to Mt. Vernon.

I have wanted to do this for years. I have the greatest respect for George Washington, the father of my country.

In the long, sad annals of mankind, so few have held the reins of power and resisted its temptations. The history of Rome alone is littered with emperors who spoke of free speech and the good of their people when they put on the purple, but then descended into debauchery and horror.

Perhaps only Asoka of India can be spoken of in the same light.

In preparation for the trip, I have set aside all my other books and I will read nothing else this week but the words of, and commentary about, George Washington.


Alexis said...

I've actually been there. In sixth grade our elementary choir took a trip to Washington, D.C...toured the Capitol Building, Arlington Cemetery, the White House, and Mount Vernon. I didn't quite fully appreciate it then but it was a REALLY cool experience. It just happened to rain nearly the entire time we were there; everyone looks miserable in the pictures.

Nevertheless...I hope you have a good time!

Janice Thomson said...

Have a wonderful trip.