"The moment that he had won a stunning victory for Rome, he broke his sword, and returned to his modest farm."
— Clay S. Jenkinson portraying Thomas Jefferson
The American people regard the US Constitution as a sacred document—even though Jefferson specifically asked us not to—and historically we have been very reluctant to tamper with it. Too bad, because it is badly in need of fundamental revision. Our Constitutional order has broken down. After years of thinking about this, I offer the following amendments.
It’s an exceedingly important book. And it explains a lot of things that may seem puzzling to you, as they do to me.
I’m going to be alone this Christmas for the first time in twenty years—so do feel free to send presents—cognac, figs, books, music, frankincense and myrrh, whatever they are.
Jefferson left office on March 4, 1809, exhausted and somewhat disillusioned.
Madison was Aristotle, Plato’s grounded pupil, dressed in blue with a carefully trimmed beard, clutching a big folio in one hand, the other hand well below his shoulder stretched out in a calming, let’s bring it down to the real world gesture.