Quote of the Day: “No one can replace him Sir; I am only his successor.” Thomas Jefferson, in 1785 in response to a query from Msr. Vergennes, the French foreign minister, as to he being Dr. Franklin’s replacement
As is evident by TB’s use of the Quote of the Day before each post, I take great interest and pleasure in the “bon mots” of historical figures, musicians and even everyday acquaintances. Today I combine my interest in the quotable with my surprise (albeit in pathetically low voter participation) at Ben Franklin’s election by TB readers as the “favorite founding father.” Thus, I decided to put many of the important questions of our time to Franklin and found our conversation enlightening, if cryptic at times.
TB–Mr. Franklin, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. I’m sure there are lots of folks in the afterlife vying for a bit of your time.
BF–Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
TB–Um. Ok. Guess that means to get on with it. Forgive me if I ramble a bit. It’s a bit overwhelming to interview someone of your accomplishment and stature, not even considering your, um, deadness. But I’ll do better, I promise.
BF–How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
TB-–Let’s get into the issues. Noted gay gossip peddler Perez Hilton hurled a homophobic epithet recently at a rapper. This after participating in a national crisis involving Miss California’s opinion on gay marriage.
BF–Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
TB–Have you seen “The Hangover?”
BF–Lost time is never found again.
TB–Yeah, in real life you can never recover so much after a blackout, but still, it was really funny. The best ARB drinkin movie ever I’d say.
BF–Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
TB–Damn right! High Five!
TB–Back to the issues. Have you been keeping up with Jon and Kate?
BF–Where there is marriage without love there will be love without marriage.
TB–Wow, you are taking that really seriously. Any advice for Jon?
BF–Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.
TB–So you are on Kate’s side.
BF–Wars are not paid for in wartime. The bill comes later.
TB–That’s true I guess. Nobody ever really wins in these situations. Our time is short. Let me ask a few questions that are important to me personally. Mississippi State has a new football coach. We’re going to be a lot better aren’t we?
BF–We are born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
TB–Hmmm. Can’t argue with that. It is hard work to be a Bulldog fan. Still, better than being a Rebel, right?
BF–Those that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
TB–Amen. So what do you think about the blog?
BF–The first mistake in public business is going in to it.
TB–Good point. But its fun, at least when I have something interesting to say or share. Some days I put stuff out there that I know isn’t really that good, but I feel compelled to produce something anyway.
BF–God works wonders now and then. Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
TB–Ok, ok, Poor Richard’s this ain’t. But do you at least like the new layout? Pretty much everyone was against it, and Zeek, as official naysayer of the blog called me out on it.
BF–Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
TB–HA! Take THAT Zeek! But give me a little credit Ben. Some people have told me they really enjoy visiting here each day.
BF–Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.
TB–That’s cold dude. Our time is up. Any parting words? A bonus QOTD of sorts?
BF–For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
TB–Dang right. That’s a subtle dig at MD, right?
BF–He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
TB–Wait a minute. That sounds more like me.
BF–Be slow in choosing an asshole runnin buddy, slower in changing.
TB–Yeah, whatever. Have a nice day.