Governor Corbett’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection says he is unaware climate change can be harmful. Chris Abruzzo, who has been Acting DEP secretary since April, was speaking before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this morning about his nomination and was asked about his views on the topic. âIâve not read
12.5.1811: “But with a man possessing so many other estimable qualities, why should we be dissocialized by mere differences of opinions in politics, in religion, in philosophy, or anything else. His opinions are as honestly formed as my own. Our different views of the same subject are the result of a difference in our organization and experience.
I never withdrew from the society of any man on this account, although many have done it from me; much less should I do it from one with whom I had gone through, with hand and heart, so many trying scenes.” —to Benjamin Rush
“Dear Sir, Poplar Forest Dec. 5. 11.
While at Monticello I am so much engrossed by business or society, that I can only write on matters of strong urgency. Here I have leisure, as I have everywhere the disposition to think of my friends. I recur, therefore, to the subject of your kind letters relating to Mr. Adams and myself, which a late occurrence has again presented to me. I communicated to you the correspondence which had parted Mrs. Adams and myself, in proof that I could not give friendship in exchange for such sentiments as she had recently taken up towards myself, and avowed and maintained in her letters to me. Nothing but a total renunciation of these could admit a reconciliation, and that could be cordial only in proportion as the return to ancient opinions was believed sincere. In these jaundiced sentiments of hers I had associated Mr. Adams, knowing the weight which her opinions had with him, and notwithstanding she declared in her letters that they were not communicated to him. A late incident has satisfied me that I wronged him as well as her, in not yielding entire confidence to this assurance on her part. Two of the Mr. —, my neighbors and friends, took a tour to the northward during the last summer. In Boston they fell into company with Mr. Adams, and by his invitation passed a day with him at Braintree. He spoke out to them everything which came uppermost, and as it occurred to his mind, without any reserve; and seemed most disposed to dwell on those things which happened during his own administration. He spoke of his masters, as he called his Heads of departments, as acting above his control, and often against his opinions. Among many other topics, he adverted to the unprincipled licentiousness of the press against myself, adding, ‘I always loved Jefferson, and still love him.’
This is enough for me. I only needed this knowledge to revive towards him all the affections of the most cordial moments of our lives. Changing a single word only in Dr. Franklin’s character of him, I knew him to be always an honest man, often a great one, but sometimes incorrect and precipitate in his judgments; and it is known to those who have ever heard me speak of Mr. Adams, that I have ever done him justice myself, and defended him when assailed by others, with the single exception as to political opinions. But with a man possessing so many other estimable qualities, why should we be dissocialized by mere differences of opinions in politics, in religion, in philosophy, or anything else. His opinions are as honestly formed as my own. Our different views of the same subject are the result of a difference in our organization and experience.
I never withdrew from the society of any man on this account, although many have done it from me; much less should I do it from one with whom I had gone through, with hand and heart, so many trying scenes. I wish, therefore, but for an apposite occasion to express to Mr. Adams my unchanged affections for him. There is an awkwardness which hangs over the resuming a correspondence so long discontinued, unless something could arise which should call for a letter. Time and chance may perhaps generate such an occasion, of which I shall not be wanting in promptitude to avail myself. From this fusion of mutual affections, Mrs. Adams is of course separated. It will only be necessary that I never name her. In your letters to Mr. Adams, you can, perhaps, suggest my continued cordiality towards him, and knowing this, should an occasion of writing first present itself to him, he will perhaps avail himself of it, as I certainly will should it first occur to me. No ground for jealousy now existing, he will certainly give fair play to the natural warmth of his heart. Perhaps I may open the way in some letter to my old friend Gerry, who I know is in habits of the greatest intimacy with him.
I have thus, my friend, laid open my heart to you, because you were so kind as to take an interest in healing again revolutionary affections, which have ceased in expression only, but not in their existence. God ever bless you, and preserve you in life and health.”
((I haven’t made an original history post in a while. And that’s making me sad, like I want to make a post on something but I have no idea what. I know I do want to make one on the French Azilum. Do you guys have anything in PA history or anything about PA that you wanted to know more about? ))
Governor Corbett is so vulnerable he just may win re-election in one of the toughest environments in history. I admit it is unlikely, but the very fact he’s so vulnerable could cause the Democratic primary to take a heavy toll on whoever claims victory on Primary Night 2014. It is common political wisdom that whoever wins the primary is the next Governor of Pennsylvania.
That fact alone could turn the Democratic primary for Governor into a no holds barred, bare knuckle battle royal. The kind of battle royal that could drain precious resources that will be far better served in fall campaign against an incumbent with 10s of millions in the war chest.
Yesterday, The Harrisburg Patriot-News’ John Micek wrote a very insightful piece that captures the core of the political dynamics of the race for the Democratic nomination. He writes, “Yet, for all the jockeying and fund-raising and early maneuvering, the race for the Democratic nomination is still wide open — according to both polls and political consultants.” My best guess is Schwartz is holding an early lead, but the race is obviously far from over. If everyone thinks they have a chance, Governor Corbett may still have a chance too. The blog post also cites the recent results of a PPP Poll that has Corbett pegged as the most unpopular Governor anywhere in the country that they’ve polled, trailing all potential general election opponents.
This week, Politico’s Emily Schultheis wrote a piece called “A Democratic Free-For-All for Pennsylvania Governor”. The article quotes Muhlenberg College pollster Chris Borick who hits the absolute nail on the head, “2014 is everything you want for a candidate: a really wounded incumbent, and no real front-runner on the Democratic side that stands out as the presumptive nominee. Everyone thinks they have a chance.”
The Eagles escape yet another 4th quarter heart attack as they defeat the Cardinals 24-21!!! They extend their winning streak to four games as they tie the Cowboys for first place with a 7-5 record! Final Team Stats and Top Performers coming up!