Anonymous asked Barbara McLennan, 2/25/2016 3:44:37 AM

How do you think the current affairs of government compare to those in historical times?

You've had an inside view in the inner workings on government having worked in the government and you must have a historical perspective having written a historical novel about Virginia in the 1690s as well as others. How do you think the current affairs of government compare to those in historical times?

2/25/2016 9:06:27 AM,
Barbara McLennan replied:

The major issues facing governments in the early colonies are mirrored by today's debates.  They were mainly budget and defense. The parties favoring a strong defense expected someone other than themselves to pay for it. There was never enough money to fund what they wanted, and they resisted raising taxes.

In colonial Virginia there was a constant tension between the executive (the governor, appointed by a Board in London) and the elected legislature.  Good government required that the governor get along with the assembly. If he didn't the House of Burgesses and the Governor's Council (all Virginians) found a way to get rid of him.

See my two historical novels, The Wealth of Jamestown and The Wealth of Virginia for examples of how politics was conducted in early days.

 

Wealth of Jamestown: http://amzn/B00JNLYPHQ

Wealth of Virginia: http://goo.gl/H9MlbY

 

Also see my website: www.WealthOfJamestown.com