Ideology Circa 1790 by Zisi Berkowitz
Coined by French philosopher, Destutt de Tracy
Spurned by Federalists as illusory and racy
Adopted by Bonaparte in his battle of minds
Spread by dreamers, leaving order behind
“School of folly!” John Adams demanded
“A principle … we can’t understand”it!
Perfection and equality—utopian madness
Political platforms of anger and sadness
Revolution residing in Republican heads
Won’t ever be realized, insisted the Feds
Thomas Jefferson’s classless ranting rang hoarse
His acres and slaves clearly prove that it’s false
Tension, direction, upheaval, distrust
A new-fangled whorl, just kicking up dust
Convenient imagination? A sprinkle of idiotism?
Fluency of reasoning? The “science … of menticism*”?
A convergence of sound minds. The test of times.
Ideas and ideals. Reasons and rhymes.
Insightful intelligence, profound conversation.
Expanding concentrations, progressive innovation!
A life once ruled by dictates of theology
Now reveled in the science of ideology!
Thinking, observing, exploring—Alive!
In theory, in practice we mightily strive
To define ourselves. In His image we nod.
Our ideology is living the Will of G-d!
*The Science of Non Compos Menticism, John Adams