Friday, July 4, 2008


Some days are for action, some days are for contemplating. Guess which one today is?
Today, July 4, my typist attended a ceremony at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC honoring Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts. Gerry (who lent his name to the political process of Gerrymandering) signed the Declaration of Independence but, interestingly, voted against ratifying the Constitution. (The Massachusetts delegation voted in favor of it anyway by a 3-2 margin.) Gerry objected to the lack of a Bill of Rights in the document, and objected to the fact that the nation did not outlaw slavery. Seemed like two good objections. And well worth contemplating.

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