An English In Kentucky


















 Wednesday February 10th 2016Tim Candler9


      Always exciting for some of us when an establishment is poked in the eye. Have to think that might have happened in a small northern state of the union which has a border with Canada and has as its motto "Live Free or Die." Mind you with a motto like "Live Free or Die" a person might well be dealing with an imbalance on a perspective in the word "Free" that might have been arrived at during a moment of exuberance. New Hampshire was the first British Colony to establish its own government independent of the English Parliament and King George III.




    My own adopted unbridled state of Kentucky has the motto "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." This motto comes from the Ancient Greek Aesop, of the Fables, yet it speaks more clearly to a definition of community that I at least can try to understand even if here in Kentucky it might have been an afterthought. But it was Disraeli, much quoted founder of the English Conservative Party, who gave The Establishment a cruel motto. In a moment of irritation he once yelled, "Damn your principles, sir! Stick to your party." The object of Disraeli's scorn was the First Baron Lytton, a poet, novelist, a playwright, politician, Secretary of the Colonies and a whole lot of other things who'd  coined the phrases "The pen is mightier than the sword," and the opening line "It was a dark and stormy night."


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