distinguished president

things for which gratitude was expressed at dinner:

material abundance!

@lethriloth​ is excellent at cooking things.

there is a Disney movie written by Lin Manuel Miranda and no one has seen it yet but we are grateful in advance

the president of the United States is not literally Caligula.

he is also not literally any of the other Roman Emperors. American history contains no Year of The Four Presidents to distinguish from a Year of the Five Presidents and a Year of the Three Presidents. 

In 1800 nowhere in the world had an infant mortality rate under 30%. Now the global infant mortality rate is under 5%.

@luminousalicorn and @michaelblume‘s baby exists and he is adorable.

I am not obliged to wake up in the middle of the night for @luminousalicorn and @michaelblume‘s baby so I am stealing all of the nice baby things with none of the downsides at all

I am nearly at a healthy weight and I feel okay about this. 

The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue. And this will be thought no inconsiderable recommendation of the Constitution, by those who are able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration. Though we cannot acquiesce in the political heresy of the poet who says: “For forms of government let fools contest That which is best administered is best,” yet we may safely pronounce, that the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.
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Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 68. Proving that Hamilton was among the many of us who didn’t understand the modern democratic sensibility to promote charlatans.

Let Lin-Manuel Miranda set THAT one to song, I say … ;-)

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R.I.P. #PRINCE. YOU WILL BE MISSED. #Prince on the #TavisSmileyshow talking about the fact that there were 8 presidents before #GeorgeWashington and we were never taught this important fact in school. He was wrong there were more than eight lol: Who was the first president of the United States? Ask any school child and they will readily tell you “George Washington.” And of course, they would be wrong—at least technically. Washington was not inaugurated until April 30, 1789. And yet, the United States continually had functioning governments from as early as September 5, 1774 and operated as a [#ConfederatedNation] from as early as July 4, 1776. During that nearly fifteen year interval, Congress—first the Continental Congress and then later the Confederation Congress—was always moderated by a duly elected president. As the chief executive officer of the government of the United States, the president was recognized as the head of state. Washington was thus the fifteenth in a long line of distinguished presidents—and he led the seventeenth administration—he just happened to be the first under the current constitution. So who were the luminaries who preceded him? The following brief biographies profile these “forgotten presidents.” Peyton Randolph of Virginia (1723-1775), Henry Middleton (1717-1784), John Hancock (1737-1793), Henry Laurens (1724-1792), John Jay (1745-1829), Samuel Huntington (1732-1796), Thomas McKean (1734-1817), John Hanson (1715-1783), Elias Boudinot (1741-1802), Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796), Arthur St. Clair (1734-1818), and Cyrus Griffin (1736-1796). They wont teach you this #4biddenknowledge in most schools

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