John Adams

I’ve just completed the HBO miniseries on our second President and found it deeply moving. It was brilliant on every count. The cast was superb, with performances so authentic the show never felt like a recreation of history, but as history itself. I’ve grown ever so tired of American politics and more often than not am disgusted with what takes place each day in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capital. But revisiting the birth of the nation was inspiring, even if it makes one lament how far we’ve fallen from the serious men who did the most serious work and laid the course we still follow today.

A study of our founders’ writings should be mandatory for all who aspire to public service. While there was then as there is now, fallible men who used power to their own gains, examples of greatness exist from which one can learn and look to for guidance.

 

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