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May 15, 2006

John McCain Speech

John McCain gave a speech at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and Harry’s Place has extracts. Looks like  very good speech indeed (whatever else you might think of McCain).

When I was a young man, I was quite infatuated with self-expression, and rightly so because, if memory conveniently serves, I was so much more eloquent, well-informed, and wiser than anyone else I knew. It seemed I understood the world and the purpose of life so much more profoundly than most people. I believed that to be especially true with many of my elders, people whose only accomplishment, as far as I could tell, was that they had been born before me, and, consequently, had suffered some number of years deprived of my insights. I had opinions on everything, and I was always right. I loved to argue, and I could become understandably belligerent with people who lacked the grace and intelligence to agree with me. With my superior qualities so obvious, it was an intolerable hardship to have to suffer fools gladly. So I rarely did. All their resistance to my brilliantly conceived and cogently argued views proved was that they possessed an inferior intellect and a weaker character than God had blessed me with, and I felt it was my clear duty to so inform them. It’s a pity that there wasn’t a blogosphere then. I would have felt very much at home in the medium.

What was that old line of Mark Twain’s? When I was 21 my father had the strangest ideas, was a fool on many things. By the time I was 28 I was amazed at how much he had learned in only 7 years? (Something like that only much much better than my poor remembrance of it.)

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I prefer the Wilde comment - sadly I am no longer young enough to know everything -

Posted by: tinxx | May 15, 2006 3:37:36 PM

Tim needs to be able to recognize an insult. McCain has a problem with ALL bloggers. But the remark does kinda fit with McClain's mania for restricting speech.

Posted by: MikeinAppalachia | May 15, 2006 4:57:46 PM

Sorry-McCain-not "McClain".

Posted by: MikeinAppalachia | May 15, 2006 4:59:25 PM

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- attributed by Reader's Digest, Sept. 1937. This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic.

The above is from:
http://www.twainquotes.com/

Looks like another of my cherished beliefs is questionable. Bah.

Posted by: Retread | May 15, 2006 9:14:27 PM