Caught the new series on HBO last night that focuses on the roles John and Abigail Adams played in the founding of our country. Fascinating watching these flawed but inspired human beings as they overcame their own limitations, inner conflicts and contradictions, and the primitive thinking of their times to pursue the calling of their higher selves.
Ironically, there's no doubt that if the words of the Declaration of Independence were read aloud today, there would be many in government and the punditocracy decrying it as a liberal, unpatriotic, blasphemous screed.
Yet, I couldn't resist making the comparison when these individuals convened in Philadelphia in 1776 to make their momentous decision and write those memorable words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident..." There they were: Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. Here we are: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Condi.

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