In times past the affairs of state were taken undertaken with a bit less energy than they are today. Once Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States, commented on his communications with the minister to Spain:
"I haven't heard from him in two years. If I don't hear from him next year, I shall write him a letter ..."
---------------A Final Thought ...
"An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president