In October 1848 Ralph Waldo Emerson observed in his journal:

The salvation of America and of the human race depends on the next election, if we believe the newspapers. But so it was last year, and so it was the year before, and our fathers believed the same thing forty years ago.

(cf. RalphWaldoEmerson (5 Aug 2003), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicJournalizing - 2007-06-28

(correlates: EmersonianTechnoOptimism, ProximityEffect, EmersonOnLibraries, ...)