The home captures the haphazard quality of American historical identity. It is a plantation made to look simple, belying its 21 bedrooms. The flanks of the home are extended by Greek colonnades and then,the slave quarters! The back patio view looks down the sloping hills, into the Potomac, with the trees manicured to remove obstruction of the view. Literally, the City on the Hill.
On the side of the hill is an icehouse. The icehouse is 21 feet in depth, and functioned to store ice in order for the General's family to have ice cream. The ice was collected from the Potomac by three slaves, whose primary role was to carry ice blocks from the Potomac, carry it up the hill, and store it in this reservoir. The lives of three people were used and abused so that a family can have ice cream.
In developmental economics, the return on investment is the golden answer that secures funding, political support, and reason for providing aid. What was the return on investment of those three lives? One of George Washington's ice cream parties in the back lawn? The development of America did not happen because of free market principles, but because of a complete market failure that allowed four million people to be used for a nations economic growth.
I am in a precarious stage in my political thought, where I don't know where the role of the government ends and individual rights begin. I am writing to strategize my thought in deciphering what I believe and support.