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November 19, 2009
Well, the Sarah Palin book tour kicks off today, so expect to see her soon in a Barnes & Noble near you.
It's hard to believe it's been a few short months since she quit the Governorship to write her memoirs.
Oh, I forgot, it was altruism for the good of Alaska.
But no matter. It all gives me an excuse to talk about the unsung John Quincy Adams, who took considerably more time with his memoirs.
Did it all by himself, too.
Starting in his 20s, Adams rose at 4 a.m. every morning, read his Bible, then wrote in his diary for an hour, filling one large page.
He recorded, in detail, what he saw and felt, reflecting the spirit of a man who, before it was fashionable, opposed slavery, foreign wars, advocated equal rights in the face of fierce opposition and argued the first civil rights case before the Supreme Court.
Now, that was going rogue.
He too had wardrobe issues.
When he was first running for office, he had a suit made by William Leeds, Esq., his father’s tailor.
He looked resplendent in it, and he didn’t want to give it back either.
(I had you going, didn’t I?)
But returning to his memoirs, JQA (that’s how he referred to himself as) worked on his diaries for over 60 years, resulting eventually in the remarkable, "Diaries of John Quincy Adams."
He had quite a life to draw on.
The son of brilliant parents, John and Abigail, eyewitness to history, the sixth President of the United States, served in both the Senate and House of Representatives and managed to get a town in Massachusetts named after him.
He understood America’s role in the world:
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”
He knew people:
"All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse."
He understood leadership:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
He left a warning about Congress:
“All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is a great danger that the whole of government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.”
And a warning about democracy:
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
And a hope for the future:
“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
At least we're trying.
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