Yes, I know Benjamin Franklin was not a President but I do believe he is as responsible for the way in which we are governed as any one man. And though Thomas Jefferson was an awesome writer… I don’t think he would have made the front page of Digg, nearly as much as Old Ben.
Take this letter; which Benjamin Franklin wrote following the repeal of the Stamp Act, when the British were insisting that the colonies help pay the printing costs of the now worthless stamps.
The whole proceeding would put one in mind of the Frenchman that used to accost English and other strangers on the Pont-Neuf (a pedestrian bridge in Paris), with many compliments and a red hot iron in his hand; Pray Monsieur Anglois, says he, Do me the favour to let me have the honour of thrusting this hot iron into your backside? Zoons, what does the fellow mean! Begone with your Iron or I’ll break your head! Nay Monsieur, replies he, If you do not choose it, I do not insist upon it. But at least, you will in justice have the goodness to pay me something for the heating of my iron.
Other suggested reading:
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Which I’ve read…)
Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School ( Which I intend to read soon…)