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Boldly Going Nowhere
Bret Burquest

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Posted Friday, April 18, 2014, at 12:22 PM
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  • Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; 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, most of them imaginary.

    H.L. Mencken

    -- Posted by HDucker on Tue, Apr 22, 2014, at 2:58 PM
  • "The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable."

    H.L. Menchen

    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Tue, Apr 22, 2014, at 3:16 PM
  • "All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre -- the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. 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 downright moron."

    H.L Mencken 1920

    -- Posted by HDucker on Wed, Apr 23, 2014, at 11:48 AM
  • Hey Bret?

    I'd like to read how you'd weigh in on this.

    Really.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/04/23/in-defense-of-political-lying/

    -- Posted by HDucker on Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 1:42 PM
  • Passing laws against political lies would be a giant mess of endless litigation and distraction -- but there are clearly politicians who lie, often because they assume that the ends would justify the means, that their position would be good for their cause and that their cause is just.

    However, telling a lie was a major infraction in my house when I was growing up -- I learned to tell the truth no matter the consequences -- my ex-wife called me "brutally honest" -- which may be why I'm no longer married.

    Outlawing political lies would be an impossible & cumbersome task -- but it would be a much more desirable world if everyone told the truth, including politicians.

    BB

    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 4:23 PM
  • I'm supposing Bret, you didn't include reading the embedded link to the Supreme Court argument?

    Prior to your expressing your written and otherwise well thought out?

    I sometimes wish an attachment could be more easily and expeditiously made ... but then I'm guessing "interested persons" would necessarily be made to wait longer?

    Justice Scalia for instance (in the pdf transcript) reads rather like Mort Sahl.

    But then - it was Ohio arguing.

    For what that was worth.

    -- Posted by HDucker on Sat, Apr 26, 2014, at 8:16 PM
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