Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Old Man Eloquent

The Anchoress just posted a mini-biography of one of my favorite American presidents, John Quincy Adams. What a fascinating character!

JQA was the only president to have a political career after his presidency, Yes, Taft went on the be Chief Justice, but Adams went to Congress! He fought the battle against slavery in Congress for 17 years, earning the nickname "Old Man Eloquent." Adams would not like today's politics - he did not suffer fools gladly. Can you imagine someone like him being interviewed by Chris Matthews or Bill O'Reilly?!

Adams was a prime example of a man who put character and principles ahead of popularity. His father was the same kind of person.

We could use leaders like them now.