"As democracy is perfected, the office of president
represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of
the people. On some great and glorious day the plain
folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at
last and the White House will be adorned by a
H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)*
Are we there yet?
Close. Very, very close.
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence
clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of
hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H. L. Mencken
If you listened to former losers, we've been there every time.
Given the responses of the lefties here, I find the righties analysts'
charge of "elitism" humorous. No intellectual responses noted.
Lots of curmudgeonly ones, of course. Next, another quotation from Ambrose
Bierce - oops, lemme check Charlie, might already be one....
I believe he meant the Declaration of Independence, which reads in part
"when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new
Guards for their future security."
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My bad. Not in the Constiution, but rather The Declaration of
"The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political bands which have
connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the
earth, the separate and equal station to which the
Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the
opinions of mankind requires that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness. --That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed,
******************** editor's note: here is a pretty radical idea
--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to
institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall
seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly
all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves
by abolishing the forms to which they are
******************** editor's note: more radical stuff *********
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object evinces a design to
reduce them under absolute Despotism,
it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
and to provide new
Guards for their future security. ?Such has been the patient sufferance
of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity
which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The
history of the present King of Great Britain [George
III] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in
direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over
these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. "
It is only a coincidence that the document references George III and is
not, in fact, referencing George 43 or is it
<snip of a bunch of radical notions>
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain
occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be
exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at
all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the
atmosphere." --Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1787.
Old Tom had a lot of things right. And healthy political discourse, even
when carried on in a woodworking forum, shouldn't be too radical a notion.
Long live freedom of thought and diversity of reasoned opinion. No one
side has a monopoly on intelligence or stupidity.
You must read only OT threads, his replies to topical discussions are well
worth reading and you will miss a lot. This is simply his way of commenting
about OT threads, of which there are way too many.
So adding to them makes them less so? Maybe
it makes sense to you but why click on a post if
you know you don't want to read it? Obviously many
do want to, a moderated group would be a better place
for those who are so disturbed.
I offered an explanation of why he was doing the blank posts but I can't
argue with you as to why he continues to do so, that's his choice. Even if I
end up agreeing with you about the 'right' to post OT, it won't affect him
Old H. L. would undoubtedly agree that he was never as much a subject of
his own quotations as when he stated: "the chronic human incapacity for
accurate self-analysis." ... and then proved his own point quite nicely.
IMO, there is no higher form of moronic behavior than that exhibited by the
losers in a democratic process when they attempt to label the winners as
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