Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Reads About Power

Nobody Reads

While in his sixties, Henry Adams wrote this about the changes in history that he, as an historian, had come to conclusions about.

Ones’ belief had fattened on impossibilities. Before the boy was six years old, he had seen four impossibilities made actual –the ocean-steamer, the railway, the electric telegraph, and the Daguerreotype, nor could he ever learn which of the four had most hurried others to come.

During a million or two of years, every generation in turn had toiled with endless agony to attain and apply power, all the while betraying the deepest alarm and horror at the power they created. 

Nobody Wonders what Henry would think about bio-weaponizing a virus?

April 2, 2020 Posted by | Globalization | , | Leave a comment

Nobody Wonders Why Nobody Reads History

Nobody Reads

As you might guess, I read a lot of books. Right now, I’m halfway through The Education of Henry Adams. I’ve read it before, but like many things, you can reread books ten years later and your own experiences in life almost force you to go, “Mmmm, that didn’t seem so important before.”
The older you get, the more experience in life you have, the more meaning you can see in many books and movies. Even reading the Bible, or Shakespeare, or watching “Gone with the Wind” at different ages, I always learn something that I didn’t think about before.

For instance, I ALWAYS though Scarlett O’Hara was a monster the first time I saw, Gone With the Wind.  But as I got older, I saw how if not for her, the family would not have survived. Margaret Mitchell was a genius in that respect: To compare Scarlett O’Hara with Ashley’s wife Melanie. Both had their great strengths. Both were important.

So, this morning I was wondering just how we got to the point when our politicians cared so very little about the American people.

And then I read this…Henry Adams had just gotten back to Washington D.C. He was in his fifties, and describes the scene. It was the middle of February, 1892. I think you might find it,  as I did, very interesting.

“No one in society seemed to have the ear of anybody in government. No one in government knew any reason for consulting anyone in society. The world has ceased to be wholly political, but politics had become less social. A survivor of the civil war, —like George Bancroft, or John Hay, tried to keep footing, but without brilliant success. They were free to say or do what they liked, but no one took much notice of anything said or done.

A presidential election was to take place in November, and no one showed much interest in the result. The two candidates were singular person of whom it was the common saying that one of them had no friends: the other, only enemies. Calvin Brice, who was at that tie altogether the wittiest and cleverest member of the Senate, was in the habit of describing Mr. Cleveland in glowing terms and at great length, as one of the loftiest natures and noblest characters of ancient or modern times: “BUT,” he concluded, “In future I prefer to look on at his proceedings from the safe summit of some neighboring hill.” The same remark applied to Mr. Harrison. In this respect, they were the greatest of Presidents, for, whatever harm they might do their enemies, was as nothing when compared to the mortality they inflicted on their friends. Men fled them as though they had the evil eye. To the American people the two candidates and the two parties were so evenly balanced that the scales showed hardly a perceptible difference. Mr. Harrison was an excellent President, a man of ability and force: perhaps the best President the Republican party had put forward since Lincoln’s death: yet, on the whole Adams felt a shade of preference for President Cleveland, not so much personally as because the democrats represented to him the last remnants of the eighteenth century: the survivors of Hosea Biglow’s Cornwallis: the sole remaining protestants against a banker’s Olympus which had become, for five and twenty years, more and more despotic of Esop’s frog empire. One might no longer croak except to vote for King Log, or, —failing storks, —for Grover Cleveland: and even  then could not be sure where King Banker lurked behind. The costly education in politics had led to political torpor. Everyone did not share it. To Adams a western democrat or a western republican, a city democrat or a city republican, a W.C, Whitney or a J.G. Blaine, were actually the same man, as far as their usefulness to the objects of King, Hay (Adams friends) or Adams were concerned. They graded themselves as friends or enemies, not as republicans or democrats. To Hay, the difference was that of being respectable or not.”

Tell me, what has been the main complaint of Trump from all? He’s not respectable. And he IS the enemy. Except this election was much more vicious than the one in 1892. And the reason is protection of their own money.

There IS a very good reason that the REAL words of men have been censored from our school children.

Washington, and it’s parties, care mostly about…themselves. And like Mr. Adams, I too, wonder…but know, it’s the REAL reason President Trump is hated so much.

He represents, for once, the American people. And we are learning just how MUCH their fortunes mean to them.

It’s no wonder they hate him so.

February 9, 2020 Posted by | American History | , , , | Leave a comment

Nobody Reports the Thoughts of Henry Adams

Nobody Reports

I did not watch any of the democratic arguments these past two days, instead I read some in “The Education of Henry Adams” by Henry Adams, who as you may not know, was the son of Charles Adams who was the son of John Quincy Adams, who was the son of John Adams. …long line of politicians there.

He writes about his life…and mostly about how he worked for his father Charles Adams, who was Lincolns’ ambassador to England during the Civil War.

Here’s a few quotes from the book I found interesting:

ON SENATORS: The average Senator was more reserved, but had not much more to say, being always, excepting one or two genial natures, handicapped by his own importance.

(Things have not changed, “Handicapped” is an understatement today.

ON HARVARD: Henry Adams never professed the smallest faith in Universities of any kind, either as a boy or man, nor had he the faintest admiration for the University graduate, either in Europe or in America

Berlin: (He went to school there) IN 1858 Berlin was a poor, keen witted, provincial town, simple, dirty, uncivilized, and in most respects disgusting. Life was primitive beyond what an America boy could have imagined. Least of all was any used made of reason, either analytic, synthetic or dogmatic. The German government did not encourage reasoning. All State education is a sort of dynamo machine for polarizing the popular mind: for turning and holding its lines of force in the direction supposed to be most erective for State Purposes. The German machine was terribly efficient. It’s effects on the children was pathetic.

(And then came Hitler, and now Merkel…and it still does not encourage reasoning. It’s killing itself.)

Thought: In after life he made a general law of experience: No woman had ever driven him wrong; no man had ever driven him right.

Presidential election of 1860: The Republican Party was an unknown force, and the Democratic Party was torn to pieces.

(Mmmmmm nothing changes.)

British: British society had begun with violent social prejudice agents Lincoln, Seward and all the republican leaders except Sumner. Familiar as the whole tribe of Adams’s had been for three generations with the impenetrable stupidity of the British mind, and weary of the long struggle to teach it its own interests, the fourth generation could still not quite persuade itself that this new British prejudice was natural.

(Hopefully my friend amfortas does not read my blog today. Yes, the Brits thought Lincoln was horrible and sided with the Confederates and celebrated every time the Union lost a battle. The Charles Adams and his son Henry, had a hard time going to all the parties, as ambassadors from Lincoln. But they smiled, and did it. )

Diplomats: No professional diplomatist worried about falsehoods. Words were with them forms of expression which varied with individuals, but falsehood was more of less necessary to all.

(Yes, Henry said ALL politicians lie. Nothing has changed.)

English: The English mind was one-sided, eccentric, systematically unsystematic and logically illogical. The less one knows of it the better.

(Once again, I’ve been trying to tell my Mensa British friend WHY I say what I cannot help but say sometimes.)

Their attitude of Americans; The European thought the limits and defects of the American mind were one of the favorite topics of the European. From the old-world point of view, the American had no mind: he had an economic thinking machine which could work only on a fixed line. The American mind exasperated the European as a buzz saw might exasperate a pine forest. The English mind disliked the French mind because it was antagonistic, unreasonable, perhaps hostile, but recognized it as at least a thought. The American mind was not a thought at all: it was a convention, superficial narrow and ignorant: a mere cutting instrument, practical, economic, shape and direct.

Yep. That sums up what the E.U. (And all our American progressives)  thinks of President Trump, and therefore us.

NOTHING has changed has it?

And for one final report…

Nobody Reports

Go to this link:

No one is safe from the Hillary basket of eliminating deplorables.

It’s no wonder she loves Merkel.

January 23, 2020 Posted by | American History | , | Leave a comment

   

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