THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 817, April 12, 2015
Rush, you are a glow-in-the-dark statist asshole.
If we had to rely on you for freedom, we'd all be
in chains, electrocuted into insensibility, covered
with bruises, and dripping with Mace and pepper
spray. You have become a first class copsucker.
Thomas Jefferson: Horticulturalist
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
A reminder worth sharing that appeared as a heads up on my cell phone this week: Come Monday April 13th is the birthday of Thomas Jefferson; born on that date in 1743 who was also considered the primary author of The Declaration of Independence and served as the third President of the United States for two terms from 1801 to 1809. Other noteworthy accomplishments include serving as the first Secretary of State under George Washington, the Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions written to foment opposition to the Alien & Sedition Acts and other policies of the Federalist Party during the John Adams Administration. And for quite a few quote dear to many who value individual rights and Freedom.
Two of my favorites are:
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of Man."
"The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure".
Another lesser known fact about Thomas Jefferson was his love of gardening and horticulture.
He collected and grew many interesting varieties of trees, flowers, and vegetables in the gardens of his estate at Monticello including a few favorites of my own. I noticed some quotes of his correspondence on Redbud trees, Alpine strawberries (which I agree are very sweet and tasty depite their low yield), Ginkgo trees, and he was apparently very interested in getting some seeds of the recently discovered Venus Flytrap which he referred to by its botanical name : Dionea. I wonder if he had much luck—that one is tricky to grow as it needs very wet, acidic soil, frequent flushing with rainwater and would be poisoned by ordinary garden soil and lime.
Maybe it is only fitting that the bloom season of the genus of plant named after him: Jeffersonia , also known as Twinleaf usually falls around the time of his Birthday. There are only two species split between eastern North America and the Orient. I have the Asian one—Jeffersonia dubia which is native to China and Korea and probably a naturalized species in Japan.
It has blue or lavender flowers and is much prettier than the white flowered US species which I have not bothered with because it is a somewhat shy bloomer in comparison.
I could probably catch it in bloom today where I have seen it years ago in the woods along Indian Creek near Jones Mills. But it's also the opening day of Trout Season with fishermen lining the banks and the Bucket Heads will be out in force!
I'd rather pass on that one.
Given the current sorry state of the Nation he helped bring into existence in 1776—Jefferson will likely celebrate his 272nd birthday this Monday spinning in his grave.
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