John Adams echoes Freeman Hunt

Do you remember this post by Freeman Hunt called “He Is Not Coming”? I responded to that one twice, here and here.but I’m currently reading David McCullough’s book John Adams. And I came across this interesting passage:

“I wander alone, and ponder. I muse, I mope, I ruminate,” he wrote in the seclusion of his diary. “We have not men fit for the times. We are deficient in genius, education, in travel, fortune—in everything. I feel an unutterable anxiety.”

It must be admitted that to some degree the times create the character of the people. The Greatest Generation is considered to be the greatest because of their handling of the Depression and World War II. And, frankly, I don’t think they handled Great Depression that well since they left us a legacy of unsustainable social programs, to say nothing of a compromised Constitution. We won’t even get started on their child-rearing abilities.
I think there’s a real opportunity here for greatness and I think the American people are up to it. I guess what I’m saying is that he may not be coming but perhaps we are.

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