Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thoughts For The Day

Now that so many of our elected representatives belong to the undying No Nothing party, it is time to seek wisdom and perspective. Unless, by some chance you stand with the U.S. Congressman who was caught on tape telling his fellow churchgoers that he was certain the earth was no more than 8 thousand years old-

Last week I saw a reference to Richard Hofstader's classic "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life".

Of course Amazon had it. I knew they would, and tonight I opened it to the Prefatory Note and read this gem of a Ralph Waldo Emerson thought:

'Let us honestly state the facts. Our America has a bad name for superficialness.Great men,great nations have not been boasters or buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it".

And then this witticism of the late Adlai Stevenson, who remarked of Eisenhower's Cabinet that "The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers".

Everything old is new again, except that our current politicians and their minions are used car dealers whose teeth are as pearly white as the shark's teeth in "Mack the Knife".

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