Silence Dogood Of Today
Silence Dogood Of Today
A Response To Mr O’Neill’s April 6th Viewpoint, Marietta Times
by J.C. Merak, 2012
(C)2012 JCMPC Holdings, LLC/SLE America Media Group, LLC
Sir, Shall I be, as courteous enough to observe your recent letter and correspond, to correct at least one error that stood pointedly apart from the rest of your well written opine on ‘Writing Letters to the Editor”. As in the year 1722, when the unbounded and youth-full Benjamin Franklin, as a six-teen year old apprentice of his elder brothers printing press in Boston, Mass., where in happenstance the New-England Courant was published, the young Franklin took up the false persona of Silence Dogood.
Silence Dogood, a middle-aged widower in which he, Franklin, used the advantage of character to pen four-teen long and short letters, that otherwise would have been omitted from the news-paper and would have warranted admonishment from his brother whom would not allow his letters to be published; nor would other publications of such high stature, acknowledge a fair young lad, inexperienced, with opinion that in days of old, may have carried implications of which changed policy and sway of, public opinion. Whereas, the letters did just that, carrying the young Benjamin into secret accomplishment; to have the four-teen letters of Silence Dogood published every fortnight, and who was oft the subject of muse and controversy, and not to mention, many a proposal to marriage after prospects found out that Dogood was a widower. These implications, not only relied on the strong will of Silence, but also the character of and to Dogood.
Much to the shame of Ben’s elder brother James, who for nearly half of the year of 1722 was ensnared and beguiled by the middle-aged Dogood, became verily angered at his 16 year-old brothers’ actions. This unfortunately meant the death of Silence, but of course Dogood would live on in Benjamin forevermore after his unauthorized leave from his apprenticeship with James’ print shop. Moving to Philadelphia, the young Franklin took up science and invention and travel, only later to become one of America’s greatest statesmen and and one if its Founders.
I should be so forward to point out, it was also Franklin, who told an old lady after the 1787 Constitutional Convention who asked: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?,” Of course he replied: “A Republic – If you can keep it.” We do not live in a Democracy, no matter that such form of government has been inherit of American ideals; because for too long have the People not stood firm in their grasp of Liberty, or have even understood its meaning. Democracy is only one step towards socialism; a cramp of government who stalls the People in favor of an agenda, for all cannot have perfectly equal say. A Republic with democratic fundamentals where government only stalls in favor of the people, is a stability unachievable by anarchism, and a freedom beyond that of totalitarian atrocity. To put it simply, Thomas Jefferson stated why a Republic is preferable to total democratic rule: “Delay is preferable to error.” Checks and balances may still be a part of history class, but not a part of government. Can the public forum restore it? Can honest people make the news for once in history, and kick out the mainstream news that constantly keeps the People in fear of not knowing the truth? All else to this modern agenda of totalitarian rule, the games, the media, and the entertainment is just that: “Panem et Circenses” or “Bread and Circuses for the masses.”
So of course, as Mr O’Neill has us read his unwavering opinion, once again to be captivated by another one of his letters which even lo’ I may not halfheartedly be partial to, and of which come even more frequently than those of the first Silence Dogood letters; we see, that 40 years has made just one of Marietta’s many Silence Dogood’s, silent no more. I agree that public forum is, and will be, our only last hope for the consideration of the People. Should it ever occur to us today, to aspire to such greatness, no matter the obstacles, to enlighten, with simple, civil disobedience? Take these last words from Samuel Adams with you on your next journey with ink and parchment: “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”