May 10, 2007


An anchor in our sea of change (Jerry Large, 5/10/07, Seattle Times)

I've written about aspects of it, but Queen Elizabeth's U.S. visit this week helped me put it into perspective, temporarily. What I'm referring to is the breakneck pace of change around Puget Sound and especially in Seattle. [...]

Fast-paced change, good or bad, can make home feel unfamiliar.

We get attached to the things that define a place.

What the queen reminded me is that what's old and dear around here wouldn't be very old in many places. One Seattle neighborhood, Columbia City, last week marked the 100th anniversary of its annexation by Seattle.

The queen has chairs older than that. During her visit, this paper ran a story noting that British students hardly hear a mention in school about the American revolution.

British kids have 2,000 years of history to cover, and what's a pivotal event for us is lost in the millennia of history over there.

It was a mistake it's not too late to rectify.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2007 10:11 AM

Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Posted by: Brandon at May 10, 2007 10:33 AM

Paine is not someone conservatives ought to emulate. No surprise that he wound up supporting the French Revolutionaries and opposing Edmund Burke.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2007 11:01 AM

Two words:

Prince Charles.

Posted by: Mike Earl at May 10, 2007 11:02 AM

The notion that the American Revolution was NOT "a pivotal event" for Great Britain is too asinine to be adequately described.

And if Mr. Large knew anything about anything he'd be aware that plenty of regular folks in America have "chairs older than that [100 years]."

Posted by: b at May 10, 2007 11:08 AM

Don't like Tom Paine, how about this one?

And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

Samuel, 12:19

Posted by: Brandon at May 10, 2007 11:17 AM

No one's ever understood men less well than God before he lived as one. Then He noted: Render unto Caesar.

Posted by: oj at May 10, 2007 4:12 PM


That was an unexpected respnse: God was wrong. Has anyone ever compared you to Ignatius J. Reilly?

Posted by: Brandon at May 10, 2007 4:41 PM

God not infrequently says He was wrong. Of course, the most important instance is: Oh, Lord, Oh, Lord, why hast Thou forsaken me.

Posted by: oj at May 10, 2007 6:52 PM

Not to quibble, but those words were originally written about 1000 years earlier, no? The dying Christ did not cry them sui generis.

Posted by: ratbert at May 10, 2007 10:27 PM

The words matter only to the extent that they were said by a despairing God.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2007 5:36 AM