Friday, July 5, 2013

Remembering Fisher Ames

Fisher Ames (1758-1808) is one of most important of the lesser-known Founding Fathers, and Stephen B. Tippens, Jr., has posted an overview of his political career over at The Imaginative Conservative.  Well worth a read:  Fisher Ames, Founding Father and Arch-foe of Democracy. While Ames was no fan of democracy, he did support the idea of a republic and one of my favorite quotes about civic order is attributed to him in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay Politics (1844):
[A] monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; whilst a republic is a raft, which would never sink, but then your feet are always in water.
Can't much argue with that!

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