Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Election Day

Ted Kennedy to my LEFT, Glenn Beck to my RIGHT...election day...get it?!

Oh, that Political Science degree keeps paying off!

But besides the bad political joke - and another opportunity to shamelessly plug Painless - just a reminder to make sure you go out and vote today.

And after exercising your constitutional rights, I think the best way to salute our Founding Fathers who fought long and hard for freedoms such as the freedom of speech, including the written word, would be to go out and buy a book!

I think George Washington would recommend this great mystery/thriller

Although Thomas Jefferson wasn't such a fan of fiction novels, which were was spreading like wildfire across America in the late 18th Century. In fact he once wrote something titled "The Dangers of Reading Fiction" where he said:

A great obstacle to good education is the inordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed. When this poison infects the mind, it destroys its tone and revolts it against wholesome reading. Reason and fact, plain and unadorned, are rejected. Nothing can engage attention unless dressed in all the figments of fancy, and nothing so bedecked comes amiss. The result is a bloated imagination, sickly judgment, and disgust towards all the real businesses of life.

Wow, I wonder how he would feel about crack and video games. Little did he know that America would become the country it is, based on the ingenuity that came from great imagination. But must admit I agree with TJ on one point - a good fiction novel can be powerful and can hook one in.