Not so green mansions

25 Jun

Green mansions riva


Every nation, someone remarks, has the government it deserves, and the United States certainly has the one it deserves and that suits it best. We call it a republic, not only because it is not one, but also because a thing must have a name; and to have a good name, or a fine name, is very convenient–especially when you want to borrow money.

If the United States citizens, thinly distributed over an area of three and one-half a million square miles, are ten percent politically illiterate, half-thinking, and on the dole, – – – but if they were thoughtful, intelligent men, zealous only for the public good, it would be possible for them to have a real republic.

They have, instead, a government by cliques, tempered by revolution; and a very good government it could be, in harmony with the physical conditions of the country and the national temperament.

Now, it happens that the educated men, representing your more thoughtful classes, are so few these days, that there are not many persons unconnected by ties of blood or marriage with prominent members of the political groups to which they belong. By this you will see how easy and almost inevitable it is that we should become accustomed to look on conspiracy and revolt against the two reigning parties–the men of other cliques — as only in the natural order of things.

In the event of failure such outbreaks are punished, but they are not regarded as immoral. On the contrary, men of the highest intelligence and virtue among us are seen taking a leading part in these adventures.

Whether such a condition of things is intrinsically wrong or not, or would be wrong in some circumstances and is not wrong, because inevitable, in others, I cannot pretend to decide; and all this tiresome profusion is only to enable you to understand how I—an older man of unblemished character, not a soldier by profession, not ambitious of political distinction, not wealthy for that country, not popular in society, but rather a lover of social pleasures, of books, of nature actuated, as I believed, by the highest motives, might allow myself to be drawn very readily by friends and relations into a conspiracy to overthrow the party of the moment, with the object of replacing it by more worthy men, ourselves, to wit.


2 Responses to “Not so green mansions”

  1. virginiallorca June 26, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    So many must agree, Wally. I and those dear to me among them. But please be careful with your words. I am also one of those that think most conspiracy theories hold more than a grain of truth at least at their source. Reopening that story about that plane that went down off New York will open a can of worms. Think of how that will inflate the numbers of those killed by terrorists on our own soil. And the PR people running to keep it out of the news. Scary.

    People need the truth but those bearing the truth must be here to deliver it and not vacationing in Cuba.

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky June 26, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Virginia,
      I read that paragraph in “Green Mansions” by W.H.Hudson written over one hundred years ago about a country in South America. It appeared to be written for us – – – in this age. I simply changed the country and the political structure from the federal government to the two parties we now endure.

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