Old Tom Jefferson was one of the Founding Fathers of that entity we have all come to know as “The United States of America.”
I mean I am hearing tales that some of the printers of school textbooks down in the Great State of Texas – - – a place known for textbook publishing – - have started to “Minimize” their references to good old T.J., for reasons unknown to me – - – but for some reason some of them would rather “Highlight” such modern political icons as President Reagan and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh – - – among others chosen by the hierarchy on the political right over in the realm called “Education.”
But I kind of liked Mr. Jefferson and there are still rare birds out there in Politics Land who like to refer to themselves as “Jeffersonian” Conservatives.
Of course I – - myself – - prefer to think of myself as a “Jeffersonian Democrat.” – - – sans the gun-nut-istic propensities that is!
Anyway old Tom once remarked that a strong body makes the mind strong.
He must not have met some of the snarky Righties that I have met along the way.
Some of the ones I have run across in Life’s journey had pretty darned strong bodies – - – occasionally obesely-strong – -(Some of my too-too tubby in-laws come to mind – - the ones who occasionally get gift certificates from the local tent and awning company so they can buy new dresses . . .) – - but in the “Upstairs” department the lights are usually pretty much left burning but no one seems to be at home most of the time.”
Mr. Jefferson remarked once that one of his favorite “species” of exercise was – - – the gun.
You know about guns – - – they are those things that never kill people.
They are the stars who have played such fantastically memorable roles in some of life’s greatest dramas – - – murders – - robberies – - random mass shootings at schools and shopping malls – - you surely remember the iconic gun . . . the libidinous provocateur for a lot of otherwise probably semi-impotent wing nuts who need some tangible form of procreational identity – - and many of whom were more than likely done mighty dirty by Mother Nature in that department.
Jefferson said that the exercise he called “The Gun” was capable of rendering what he called “Moderate exercise to the body” while giving boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind.
I have heard of some cases where individuals listened pretty intently to Mr. Jefferson and did their best to stir up boldness, independence and enterprise at the end of a gun barrel – - – but most of them are either dead or in prison.
Some notable desperadoes come to mind.
Jefferson intimated very strongly that he believed that games played with a ball – - for example – - and other such games – - were much too violent for the physical body and stamped no character onto the individual mind.
So let me get this straight:
The exercises with the gun had no propensity for violence and stamped character all over the person who wielded the weapon while a simple game of perhaps something like baseball or football was too violent and tended to be played only by those who lacked virtuous character traits? Is that what this Historic Iconista was intimating?
So only the gun-nuts have any character?
I think the gunnies would agree – - – even if nobody else might agree.
I think the gunwads look for any shred of an excuse to make their case for a case of shells and a ramrod and some black powder to – - – do their “Sport” with.
Of course I will always avoid getting too close to anyone with a shotgun on a quail hunt, right?
The first deceased person I ever saw was a 15-year-old boy – - – the son of an insurance executive – - who was shot while out in a local woods with friends hunting for – - “Birds.” – - – that was in 1949.
The great man ended his famous quotations about exercise and guns by suggesting that when someone goes on a walk – - a simple stroll or a lengthy hike – - whatever – - – - – the “Gun” should be one’s constant companion.
I mean – - leave the wife – - the kids – - the dog – - your friend or lover at home and . . . . take the damned gun, right?
Is there any doubt that the great man was a dyed-in-the-wool enthusiastic supporter of some form of conservatism?
Maybe the textbook publishers are right in wanting to do their “minimization” work in revising whatever History they can squeeze through their handy-dandy “Rightie Revision Machine.”
The Gun – - after all – - along with the almighty dollar – - is one of the Gods of Right Wing Olympiad isn’t it?
I often wonder if it is because there is some sense of phallicism attached to the thing or if it is more of an “Intellectualized self-image” thing – - – or if it is simply part of the ever-dripping wish dreams of the intransigents and the obstructionists?
As for me – - my favorite exercise is riding a bike and chomping the kernels off a fresh-roasted ear of corn dripping in cholesterol-saturated “Real” butter – - – or sleeping with my stuffed monkey!