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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Promises presidential candidates should make"

I started reading this editorial in the NY Post this morning without first looking to see who the author was. About halfway through, while marveling at its brilliance and dry wit, it finally occurred to me to check the byline. Sure enough…..


Steven said...

“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

- Douglas Adams

John Craig said...

Steven --
Thanks, that's a great quote.

And it's so true, the people who want to be in charge the most are narcissists and sociopaths, and they are the very last people who should be.

Steven said...

*most want to rule, not must.

Douglas Adams is really witty. I love the classic explanation of flight: "the knack lies in learning how to throw yourself and ground and miss".

John Craig said...

Steven --
No problem, I knew what you meant.

"The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."

That's great too.

You have the same problem with Autofill that I do: it changes obvious typos into new words which don't make sense in the context.