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  •  The 5th Time. (4+ / 0-)

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     This is the 5th time within a week that I've put this quote up in a Comment.  I'm thinking I'm going to also post it in SusanG's current Front Page piece.  Note, again:  this is from 1923!

     "The normal American of the 'pure-blooded' majority goes to rest every night with an uneasy feeling that there is a burglar under the bed, and he gets up every morning with a sickening fear that his underwear has been stolen.

     "This Anglo-Saxon of the great herd is, in many important respects, the least civilized of white men and the least capable of true civilization.  His political ideas are crude and shallow.  His is almost wholly devoid of esthetic feeling.  The most elementary facts about the visible universe alarm him, and incite him to put them down.  Educate him, make a professor of him, teach him how to express his soul, and he still remains palpably third-rate.  He fears ideas almost as much as he fears men. . . ."

        H.L. Mencken

        1923

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    "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove." -- P.G. Wodehouse (via Bertie Wooster)

    by BenGoshi on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 10:49:12 AM PDT

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    •  Mencken was a master of written language, (2+ / 0-)
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      and while I do not always agree with what he said, that quote was an appropriate exclamation point for what I was trying to express in my original post. Thank you for that one.

      The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. -FZ

      by lightfoot on Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 11:03:00 AM PDT

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