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Robert Hively-Johnson: The stuff of American heroes

Staff WriterMay 18, 2019

America’s conservative and liberal governances are presciently described by an 18th century Massachusetts lawyer/politician.

Ames thought American governance should be like a well-steered “merchantman” (ship) that sometimes strikes a rock and sinks.

He viewed the fledgling American republic as an unsinkable raft. Those aboard would endure wet feet hardship.

Fisher Ames was a Tory-like patrician, preferring chancy governance to the messier, but safer, “raft” republic. (He later became a U.S. congressperson.)

Recently, one media outlet reported the POTUS, Trump, declared “Himself” to be our “most favorite president ever.” Wolf-baying. Mom pegged ’m: “People who toot own horn play in one man bands.” No one listens.

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