This generation of political leaders is confronting a similar situation, and, so far, they have failed utterly and catastrophically to project any sense of authority, to give the world any reason to believe that this country is being governed.
The American century was created by American leadership, which is scarcer than credit just about now.” —David Brooks - NYT
You can shirk it by simply throwing your mind open and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in. They will construct your sentences for you — even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent — and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself. It is at this point that the special connexion between politics and the debasement of language becomes clear.” —Orange Crate Art: Couric and Palin and Orwell
Thanks to each and every one of you for doing your part to pollute an ecosystem based on genuine communication between friends. It’s like walking up to two people chatting on the street, and asking: “hey, wouldn’t you like to learn more about Allstate insurance?”
It’s not a harmless request. It’s pollution, it’s stupid, and if someone paid you to spam twitter, they should stop paying you. Forever.
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