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Akbar the Great

Abbas I of Persia

Jon Adams Sr. Second President of the US

 

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PATRICK HENRY  (1736-1799) US

 

 

Patriot, Orator

 

 

 

Patrick Henry was not a learned man but had a powerful and persuasive mind  and eloquence to match. The concluding parts of the speech he made on the floor of the Burgesses, Virginia on May 1765 in the wake of the Stamp Act he said,   “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third..” There were cries of ‘Treason’ from the assembly. He proceeded in a solemn tone,”…may profit from their example. If this be treason make the most of it.”

The only flaw was the manner of his speaking bedazzled his audience too well to take to heart the substance of what he said, and as Thomas Jefferson once put it succinctly,  “ when he ceased to speak I asked myself what the devil has he said?”

“I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or death.” Immortal sentences ever to come out of a man.  His oratory prevented others from seeing in him a role that made George Washington a statesman or Jefferson, a political thinker.

An indifferent scholar, a failure  who went bankrupt twice in seven years, he married at 18 and had 17 children. With no prospects he lived aimlessly in the backwoods and at the age of 24 he took stock of himself. Since he had a gift of the gab he went to study law. At the time momentous events were shaping the destiny of the colonists. From Virginia he ‘started the ball of the Revolution rolling.’ The crown offered him many posts outside Virginia which he refused. When revolution did come he saw himself an American and not a Virginian. But he never fully made that transition. 

Who doesn’t recall Dr King’s Speech, ‘Í have a dream…’speech or Churchill’s war time speeches? Sincerity of the speaker made it resonate even this day. Now can anyone recall a single speech of Adolf Hitler? Hitler was a demogogue whose appeal didn’t go beyond the primitive baseline of his public. Rapterously the nation stood to attention with the Nazi salute but not a single line that carried truth of the man nor from any genuine conviction. No wonder, we ask ourselves what had he beyond his toothbrush moustache?
  

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Cluster Principle explains what determines the advance or falling back of man and enterprises. From whence did come all that energy needed for our universe to expand and be a nursery for trillions of stars or recycle the debris from a supernovae for new galaxies?
This fecundity of our cosmos requires this principle. Just seconds after the Big Bang a rapid exponential expansion of the early universe took place by a factor of at least 10 raised to the 78 in volume. Similar to cosmological inflation theory we see in the affairs of nations also this principle at work. After Germany sued for peace at the end of the WWI President Wilson demanded that he will only deal with a democratic government that doomed the fate of Kaiser Wilhem II. But a cluster of events had vitiated the Weimar government from dealing with the post-war chaos at home. These clusters paved the way for Nazis to seize the initiative and in 1933 the former corporal Hitler was sworn the oath of the Chancellor by Field Marshall von Hindenburg. It was reported the ageing Marshall abhorred the very idea but had no other choice. The cluster principle creates conditions where a spiritual misanthrope like Joseph Stalin to beat back every opposition in his path to be the arbiter of the destiny of Soviet Russia. Under his regime some 22 millions would have perished.

This principle creates and governs rapid intervention of events creating uncertainty of direction history will ultimately take. ( uncertainty principle) Especially war brings this principle into sharp focus. Remember the proverbial four horsemen of the Apocalypse? Famine, Plague Inflation and Death are clusters and these have had free run from the first war ever fought.
Does not even a Cause create clusters, which in effect may run like thus: ‘For King and Country?’ The WWI was a war fought to end all wars as was declared in the Versailles?
What connects McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber to Thomas Jefferson?
Jefferson believed that each individual has “certain inalienable rights”. That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away. It is the right of “liberty” on which Jefferson is most notable for expounding. But what was his remark concerning the Shays Rebellion after he had heard of the bloodshed? Jefferson wrote to William Smith, John Adams’s son-in-law, “What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Several anti-government groups have pointed to these words of his to justify their movement. Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt when arrested bearing the words, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” No man or nation can escape the connection that an idea holds whereby Jefferson is connected with a terrorist or a party that is for the rich.
Cluster of ideas create bonds that are murky and drag even the very principles of individuals and organizations as supect.
The Republican Party holds Thomas Jefferson as its godfather. It denies any meaningful role for the Federal government and also supports tax free incentives to the super-rich. If such a party creates a climate for the irresponsible risk-taking under the Bush administration (father and son) leading to as we had seen prior to the 2008 meltdown what should we conclude?
No wonder those who create history invariably seem like a butcher who is all thumbs and wields his sharp cleaver as though stricken with dts.
benny

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What connects McVeigh, the Oklahoma bomber to Thomas Jefferson? Jefferson believed that each individual has “certain inalienable rights”. That is, these rights exist with or without government; man cannot create, take, or give them away. It is the right of “liberty” on which Jefferson is most notable for expounding. But what was his remark concerning the Shays Rebellion after he had heard of the bloodshed? Jefferson wrote to William Smith, John Adams’s son-in-law, “What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Several anti-government groups have pointed to these words of his to justify their violence. Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt when arrested bearing the words, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Do you think the reputation of  Thomas Jefferson suffers because a bloody murderer like Timothy McVeigh had plastered the quote on his t-shirt? Merely because blatant injustice has been done on the earth in the name of God by some rogues and butchers ( and they also quote appropriate verses from their ‘holy books’,) Is God dead or has He become irrelevant?

benny

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