Saturday, October 23, 2004

In What Type of Society Does Dubya Live?

Today is the birthday of Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1835-1914), the Vice President of the United States who said (although I have to wonder whether one or two of these quotes don't belong to his more famous grandson)
A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

To act coolly, intelligently, and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man — and also a nation.

You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.

We mean by 'politics' the people's business — the most important business there is.

This the first time I ever heard it said that the crime is not the burglary, but the discovery of the burglar.

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.