The Founding Fathers and Language

When you read the writings of most of those who were considered to be Founding Fathers of our nation, you may be surprised at the wonderful use of the English language, the expressionism, the wisdom repeated in beautiful prose.

But not all the Colonists spoke or wrote that way. Sam Adams for one, used some course language to get his points across. Jefferson was at his finest in his writings, as we see from The Declaration of Independence, which he wrote without books or reference materials.

John Adams was creative and artistic in his use of words. He once explained to Abigail that he wanted to write a book to express his feelings and knowledge about the new Constitution which was being written while he was a diplomat to Great Britain.

Abigail constantly reminded John not to forget about women when presiding over councils. He was careful about that. At one time Abigail quoted these words to John: “You know what is before you: ‘the whips and scorpions, thorns without roses, the dangers, anxieties and weight of empire’—and can you acquire influence sufficient as the poet describes: ‘to still the voice of discord in the land”?

I think our current President has some of the same thoughts and considerations. How can he “still the discord in the land?”

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