Mandeville LA - It is with great joy that I (and the ghosts of the Founding Fathers) watched Part I of IV of the Abbeville Institute's groundbreaking video "Is America Too Big"? presented by Professor Donald Livingston and author Kirkpatrick Sale. The video picks up where Livingston's book - ReThinking The American Union - and his radio interviews with Mike Church, left off: adding a visual component to the issue of scale and our governments. Mike has dozens of transcripts on this site about this issue including here and here and what to do about it. We invite your comments.
"Having served my country from very early life, in all its highest trusts and most difficult emergencies, from the most important of which trusts 1 have lately retired, I cannot otherwise than feel with great sensibility, this proof of the high confidence of this very enlightened and respectable. Assembly.
I regret my appointment from another consideration: a fear, that I shall not be able to discharge the duties of the trust, with advantage to my country. Being placed, however, here, 1 [would] exert my best faculties, physical and mental, such as they are, at every hazard, to discharge its duties to the satisfaction of this Assembly, and of my country."
James Monroe accepting the Chair at VA Constitutional Convention, 1829