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April 17, 2014

"You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is."


Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do;
but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of no particular value. They swarm with their party, they feel with their party, they are happy in their party's approval; and where the party leads they will follow, whether for right and honor, or through blood and dirt and a mush of mutilated morals. "Corn-Pone Opinions," by Mark Twain

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 17, 2014 8:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I guess Thos. Jefferson "wasted" all that time in his personal study of the Qur'an.

Posted by: CaptDMO at April 17, 2014 9:06 AM

What are you on about?

Posted by: vanderleun at April 17, 2014 9:24 AM

Hey Capt, I know I drift a bit in these comments but I gotta call bullshit on this one of yours.

Perhaps some documentation or links would shed some light on what you implied.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 17, 2014 9:48 AM

Perhaps CaptDMO's vague, vacuous vapidities are hallmarks of a hollow skull.

MT though, is describing the group-mind of the swarm, the subservient hive-bees, lemmings entranced by the entrails extruded by their leaders -- those who've lost the zest of thinking for themselves.
Self aggrandizement has crowded out self respect.

Attempts at reasonable arguments about the merits of any position are pointless. The hope, the cure, only via an enema tube placed in the zombie's limbic system to clear the encrusted crap and liberate feelings of real comradeship.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 17, 2014 11:15 AM

Howard: Wow. Lucid comments and all that alliteration. I can write faster than I think, but not better.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 17, 2014 1:13 PM

*sigh* In response to Mr. Twain's "brilliance", I ask, what is it about certain folks that make them "align" with a certain "party" or another?
As far as the lack of "independent thinking and study" I believe it acceptable to opine that Thos. Jefferson was "involved" in the "thinking" behind several documents deemed important.
FAR more educated (not in the current credential mill sense) than many "Humanities/Communications" critics today might want to believe, including Mr. Clemmons, but who was he catering to after all?
(ie)Mr. Jefferson was WELL aware of what "others" were arguing. Instant gratification folks were not. They (amongst others) formed their own "topical" party of the week, as they "....know so much that simply isn't true!" -R. Reagan)
"Thomas Jefferson's Qur,an"
(Islam and the Fathers)
Denise A. Spellberg 2013
Knopf ISBN 978-0-307-26822-8
Warning: ACTUAL "college level" read/comprehension slog. No "Cliff's notes". Few pictures. Won't be recognized/impress anyone, unread, on the photo-op bookshelf backdrop.

Posted by: CaptDMO at April 21, 2014 10:13 AM

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