Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
Persistence, Patience and Timing
Any worthwhile accomplishment requires ongoing
determination and sustained effort. In this age of
instant gratification, we should note that some
accomplishments may require years, or maybe generations
of sustained effort.
When an accomplishment requires the cooperation of
other people or forces, we may need patience to persist
until the timing is right for all concerned.
You wouldn’t launch a mission to Mars on a moment’s
impulse. You would wait until the ship’s trajectory
would intersect with the planet when Mars is at its
closest point to Earth. If the timing were off, you
would add at least a year to the voyage.
When the Colony of Virginia sent a resolution to
Congress in 1776 stating that the 13 British colonies
should become free and independent states, heads nearly
exploded among the delegates. A motion was passed that
any vote on independence must be unanimous in order to
pass, as it would be wrong to drag any state into a
condition of treason without its consent.
The delegates were prepared to vote on the issue
immediately. John Adams of Massachusetts, sensing a
disaster, stalled by insisting a Declaration be drafted
to spell out the reasons for and meaning of
Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was delegated to draft the
declaration. One paragraph of the original draft would
have, in effect, abolished slavery. Adams argued that
the slaves were Americans, and if all Americans were to
be free, it included the slaves.
The rural states of the South regarded the slaves as
property and insisted their economy depended heavily on
slave labor. They lacked the vision to realize they
could have all the laborers they needed, only the
nature of the relationship would change. Like so many
people today, they lacked the Imagination to see beyond
things as they were.
Adams refused to budge on the issue and the southern
delegates, led by Edward Rutledge of South Carolina,
walked out of the meeting.
Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania convinced Adams to
compromise, save the slavery battle for another day, or
risk losing the independence he had fought so long and
hard to win.
The offending paragraph was struck, the declaration
passed unanimously and the USA was born.
It took almost 90 years and a very bloody war until
slavery was abolished. In 1870 the 15th Amendment
ensured former slaves had full voting rights.
However their wives could not vote, nor could the wives
of their former masters.
It was not until 1920 voting rights were guaranteed,
regardless of sex.
Your Friend and Servant,
Ken Klemm - Florida, USA
P.S. “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act!
Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas