A day without political news and observations is like a day without...
Yep, enough said here recently. Today is a day without politics. Why?
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.And as the famous Frenchman said of us in the middle of the eighteenth century:
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.
- G.K. Chesterton
Each person behaves as though he is a stranger to the destiny of all the others.... As for his transactions with his follow citizens, he may mix among them, but does not feel them; he exists only in himself and for himself alone. And if on these terms there remains in his mind a sense of family, there no longer remains a sense of society.Yeah, well, so it goes.
Alex de Tocqueville in Democracy in America.
Then there is this. Karl Rove, perhaps the most powerful man in the world, as he leads George Bush to do what he thinks George Bush should do, dropped out of the University of Utah after two years to devote his life to conservative Republican politics. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years to devote himself to... something or other. Most CEO's - the folks who run America's corporations - are college dropouts or never even went. So there's this:
Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.And then there is the press, and all the media that keeps us informed.
A. E. Wiggen
If you're not careful the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.Ah, too cynical.
Journalism consists largely in saying "Lord Jones died" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton
These are for fun.
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.Enough.
I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time" so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.
Posted by Alan at 21:48 PST
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