Food for thought at election time |

Food for thought at election time

As the election approaches, please consider:

• George Washington, 1796 Farewell Address:

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” Thanks to The New Yorker magazine)

• Richard Nixon, addressing Republican Convention:

“Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth – to see it as it is, and tell it like it is – to find the truth, to speak the truth, and to live the truth.”

• Activist Kwame Ture:

“We cannot have the oppressors telling the oppressed how to rid themselves of the oppressor.”

• Marshall McLuhan:

“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding”

• Justice Earl Warren:

“Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.”

• Writer James Johnson:

“Rhetorical oratory is the foundation upon which all the humbug in our political system rests.”

• John Kennedy:

“Democracy is the superior form of government, because it is based on a respect for man as a reasonable being.”

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