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    Admittedly, his own account of his early involvement in politics cannot be treated as impartial witness, but I don't find it unbelievable just because he said it.

    I was active in the presidential race when I was 12 or 13. I worked on the Nixon campaign in 1968. I filed "Get Out the Vote" cards. This is how old I am: These were 3-by-5 cards with addresses and people's names on them. Four years later, in '72, I worked on a big fundraiser for Nixon in Boston. I was one of the guys who helped staff it, as a volunteer...
    I was born in '68, so 12 years after him, and I was probably an adult when I first heard about Norquist. But when I was a young kid (younger than 12), I went on marches and helped boycott stores for the UFW because my parents were labor organizers. I understood the basic issues involved, too. Were it not for my parents, I would not have been involved, but then his parents influenced him strongly too. From the Boston Globe:
    THE TRAINING BEGAN when the boy was just 9. His father, a Polaroid executive who prized precision, would tell the boy: Go to the encyclopedia, choose a topic, and then give me a one-minute speech about it. The boy would do as he was told. When he was ready, he would stand in the living room, planting himself between the fireplace and his father’s wing chair, and deliver his speech for an audience of one. When the boy was finished, his father’s response would always be the same. Do it again.

    So young Grover Norquist would do as he was told. Again. Again. Again.

    Fifteen times the boy would repeat this exercise, honing his message a bit more and referring to his index card of notes a bit less with each run-through. Only after the 15th attempt would the father begin to offer his firstborn son detailed critiques.

    As the night wore on, the boy’s mother would charge into the living room, complaining: “Enough! This is child abuse! It’s time for him to go to bed.”

    Her husband would wave her off, and she wouldn’t protest too much. Although she wanted Grover to get his sleep, like her husband she tended to view her children as budding adults who should be challenged, not delicate creatures who should be coddled.

    With that, the training regimen would resume. Again. And this time make eye contact. And use your hands to emphasize the point.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:14:50 AM PST

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