Francis Hopkinson C1757 on Hot-Air Politicians

“A high-flying Politician is I think not unlike a Balloon—he is full of inflammability, he is driven by every Current of Wind—& those who will suffer themselves to be carried up by them run a great Risk that the Bubble may burst & let them fall from the Height to which the Principle of Levity may raise them.”

— from a 1783 letter to Thomas Jefferson

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