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BY CHRIS POH, PUBLISHER OF AMERICAN PUBLIC HOUSE REVIEW



A TEA PARTY FOR THE NEW YEAR


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 
                                                                                                                                                          - Thomas Jefferson




Chris Poh, Publisher of American House Review
THE PERCHING PUBLICAN HIMSELF


There has been a long standing debate among historians as to who is stepping on whose toes in John Trumbull’s famous painting, Declaration of Independence. There are those that claim that upon close inspection of the original work, which today hangs in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington DC, one will notice that Thomas Jefferson is stepping on the foot of John Adams. For those whose political leanings are more “Anti-Federalist,” John Adams is viewed as the offending party. No matter which camp one falls into, it seems that from the very founding of the republic the quest for our inalienable rights has meant tripping up the efforts of those Americans that had a different point of view as to the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Regrettably, during the last several months the debate over healthcare has exacerbated the cancerous partisanship and deepened the discord of our citizens. We seem to have lost sight of the fundamental fact that the health of our nation is dependent upon how we treat and care for each other.


As we begin a new year it is our profound wish that we can meet the challenges going forward with a renewed spirit of cooperation and reconciliation. Here’s hoping for many more “beer summits” in 2010 - or at the very least a few cordial tea parties.




The signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull as seen in American Public House Review
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Artist: John Trumbull
Oil on canvas
Commisioned 1817; purchased 1819; placed 1826 in the Rotunda



detail from the painting, DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by John Trumbull as seen in American Public House Review
THE OFFENDING FOOT



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Benjamin Franklin as seen in American Public House Review
Franklin

Thomas Jefferson as seen in American Public House Review
Jefferson

John Adams as seen in American Public House Review
Adams

John Trumbull as seen in American Public House Review
Trumbull


                                                                


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