Comments: Statistical Hit Parade

"Someone wanted to know, "how Ben Franklin was disgraceful." "

Enraging. Of all the Founding Fathers he is the most noble and the most deserving of our unqaulified adoration. He has no stain on his record such as owning slaves. Rather, starting when he was a teenager, he was a life-long opponent of slavery. He was, world-wide, among the most respected, if not the most respected, people in the world. He was considered the truest and wisest American representative of the Enlightenment. Late in life he was walking down a street in Paris and ran into Voltaire, also quite old, and just recently allowed to return France after his long exile. It was the first meeting of these two famous Enlightenment writers, and the crowds drew back in amazement as if it was a meeting of gods.

I can not think of any other American, ever, who on the one hand fought for all that was and is best in the American liberal progressive tradition yet, on the other hand, had such a keen understanding of the practical realities of pushing forward real political change.

He did write some saucy satires, but who the hell cares? Only the most fanatical puritan would consider these true stains on his record. Then again, there are those who think receiving a blow job is a far worse crime than lying about weapons of mass destruction, so perhaps some people really do find Franklin disgraceful.

To my mind, he is an icon of everything that is good in America.

Posted by Lawrence Krubner at November 8, 2005 12:43 PM

I always assume those kinds of hits are some junior high school kid, writing a report and not really clear about his subject.

Posted by Anne at November 9, 2005 09:59 AM

"maybe they use a truck..." *snicker*

Posted by Elayne Riggs at November 11, 2005 07:07 PM