Not so far a stretch, really. He pamphleteered, self-published, delivered colonial dish, news and opinion, sampled other’s work and remixed it into his own mash.
He wrote anonymously, or under pseudonyms. Instead of posting daily, he squirreled away his words and published them in an almanac.
Doesn’t this sound familiar?
Happy Birthday Ben! — Colonial America’s philosopher and conscience who was born 300 years ago today.
[RELATED STORY – Pete duPont says Mr. Franklin would be firmly on the side of President Bush in NSA- wiretapping-of-terror-suspects debate.
Has President Bush exceeded his constitutional authority or acted illegally in authorizing wiretaps without a warrant on calls between American citizens in the United States and people abroad who are, or are suspected of having ties to, terrorists?
Benjamin Franklin (whose 300th birthday is today) would not have thought so. In 1776 he and his four colleagues on the Continental Congress’s foreign affairs committee (called the Committee of Secret Correspondence) unanimously agreed that they could not tell the Congress about the covert assistance France was giving the American Revolution, because it would be harmful to America if the information leaked, and “we find by fatal experience that Congress consists of too many members to keep secrets.”
(This is such a loser issue for the SurrenderCrats!) ]