Monday, October 5, 2015

Plus ca change

I'm reading a fine biography, finding a flock of quotes to share with you:
…huge vulgarity…shrieking unfitness ... for the office which he sets out to buy…absolutely without experience in office, impudently flaunting his wealth before the eyes of the people and saying “Make me President.”… 
…imbued with a belief in his own greatness, convinced that his unique powers of leadership could benefit the nation…thinking he could ride to the heights on headlines…
…many citizens...regard him as a rich man with sympathy for the masses…
…the adolescent’s capacity for seeing things in simplest terms – good or bad-- …
 …a little drunk with acclaim, with cheers…a vindication of his campaign of personal of the White House
…sincerely felt that the country needed him…
…a person...without a word or act in the public life of his country…could [he] by any possibility be elected  President of the United States?

we end with one last quote, from William Jennings Bryan, voicing his support for the Presidential nomination of William Randolph Hearst in 1904:
 ...the man who, though he has money, pleads the cause of the poor; the man who is best beloved, I can safely say, among laboring men, of all the candidates proposed...

And now here's Norm Lank, probably being told "YOU'RE FIRED!" in Trump Tower, June of 2002


  1. IMHO, you're properly skeptical of William Jennings Bryan. Don't forget that Clarence Darrow eventually got the best of him in Dayton, Tennessee (just up the road from Chattanooga) at the Scopes trial.

    And that photo of Norm with Trump is a classic. Amazing how The Donald appears to be shouting bombast even when he's addressing his elders and betters. Edward and I have fished out a piece of E's bridge game memorabilia--a little brass-mounted set of counters--and turned it to the counter reading "No Trumps."

  2. Ha-ha. Got a good laugh last weekend reading "Unlikeable." Lots of White House and Clinton backstories, with the sad ring of truth.

  3. It is somehow comforting to be reminded that politics have always been corrupted by business tycoons. What is the name of the biography?

  4. Citizen Hearst, and I'm too lazy to look up the author right now.