Fine to know that we are five at the very least, but probably more.
- Hi, fellow Polk-fans,
thanks to Michael and Travis for speaking up again and to Ken for
two very interesting new comments. Who knows how much of Polk's lack
of popularity is owed to friends like Mr. Dallas and to measures
like cutting down public debts, as he had announced it.
I'd have answered earlier to your newest messages, but a virus
provided me with a James-Polk-memorial-derangement from which I just
recovered. I admire Mr. Polk more than ever for working hard in
spite of stomach ache, but could not bring my sissy self to follow
his example. Fortunately I do not need Polkish discipline as I also
lack Polkish ambitions. I do my duties, and overtime, if required,
but when sick I try to get off duty a.s.a.p.
Polk will never be very popular and there are many reasons. One of
them might be that his example of seemingly reckless self-
exploitation is somehow frightening and not at all encouraging to
inspire followers. It is just not normal, though it cannot be called
genially insane. On the contrary, it is perfectly realistic for a
man of high ambitions.
How unpleasant, that Mr. Polk proved that hard work is indeed a safe
way to success, and that it is indeed possible to stomach an active
life without the use of humour, fiction, dope and idle pleasure as
digestives. How unpleasant that Mr. Polk proved that eating,
sleeping, exercise and a quiet family life are enough to recover
from twelve hours of work a day.
How diappointing that Mr. Polk's weaknesses were not in the line of
thrilling vices but of such common bad habits as self-righteousness,
pettiness, fussing, secret craving for compliments and the like. How
embarrassing, that realism and/or religion must be suspected behind
Mr. Polk's unnormal conduct, because the man was self-interested and
unselfish at the same time. Neither realism nor religiousness will
ever be popular, let alone a strong mixture of both. Yet some
admirers will always exist, like the precious few who mourned his
passing - and some women like me, who can understand Sarah Polk's
mad love for her spouse very well.
So I agree with Michael that the group should exist as it was,
because more can hardly be done, and he is of course right that the
interest of its members cannot be judged from the frequency of their
posts. I also think he is right about Polk, and could even have
pitched it stronger.
I'm not in favour of explicitly including all antebellum Presidents.
Polk, always neglected, should not be placed among figures that
could again overshadow him by being much better known. Of course
relationships of other Presidents with Polk should be discussed and
comparisons might be made. Polk deserves undivided attention and
this group is one of the few places where he gets it.
I became a member of Myspace as "Polkweed" to find some co-addicts,
but was frustrated by my unsuccessful active search, gave it up and
concentrated on the other fun of this forum. I could spruce up my
profile and make a link to this group on it, but would like to know
at least Ken's opinion first. I cannot judge the danger of spam and
do not want to get him bothered with it.
Else I just found out what my final opinion on Polk is. As for
politics, meanwhile I agree with Uwe's "decicedly pro Polk"
statement. As for the person Polk, it will take some time to arrange
my arguments, as the Polk that I see is quite different from
Seigenthaler's or Sellers' Polk. Less driven, more religious,
friendlier, healthier, a great calculator, a reality-addict etc. My
autism-theory got lost on the way. All without it the puzzle
suddenly arranged itself and made sense. Hope it wasn't some kind of
enchantment with a pair of beautiful eyes that made me see a picture
Well, that'll do now for a while.