Monday, October 27, 2008

Campaign heating up!

The election of 2008 is sneaking up on us very quickly. In about a week, we will know which candidate has the difficult job of leading this country ahead and taking over during some very murky times.

Many are calling this election one of the most important in the history of the nation. When I think of important elections, I can think of several in American history. However, one of the more interesting (and important) that never gets as much attention happened in 1800 between Adams and Jefferson.

The election year of 1800 signaled the birth of political parties which can only mean one thing...a nasty campaign between Federalists and Republicans. You think things have gotten nasty between McCain and Obama? They've got nothing on the candidates in 1800...

Things got ugly fast. Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."

As the slurs piled on, Adams was labeled a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant, while Jefferson was branded a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward.

Even Martha Washington succumbed to the propaganda, telling a clergyman that Jefferson was "one of the most detestable of mankind."

To read the full CNN article, click below...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Too much success?

Patriots = 3 Superbowls since 2001
Red Sox = World Series winners in 04 and 07
Celtics = 2008 NBA Champs

Is it possible to win too much?

With the Red Sox in the playoffs again this year, there has recently been some discussion about whether people are getting sick of Boston for being so successful with its national sports teams.

The Sun Chronicle recently had an article in the sports section about how people are sick of hearing about Red Sox Nation. There is a particular NHS teacher (who will remain nameless) who feels that the Red Sox have won enough and its time for another team to win the World Series.

Looking at the situation from a national perspective, its easier to see how other cities could start to despise Boston at this point. After all, how badly did we root against the Yankees when they were in the midst of 4 World Series titles in 6 seasons?

How do you feel? Have we become too successful here in Boston? Would you prefer the Tampa Bay Rays or L.A. Dodgers win the world series this year?

Or is a particular NHS teacher out of his mind?