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CAN WISDOM TRUMP CHARLATANS?

This Halloween season we see plenty of corn mazes and scary characters.  But nothing is more laden with lies, deception, and pomposity than our current list of possible presidential candidates.  It is time for some truth, wisdom, compassion, and insight to overcome all the lies, greed  and selfishness in U.S. politics...

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.  It is an exercise which always involves a certain number of internal contradictions and even a few absurdities.  The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor." -John Kenneth Galbreath

"The faith in which I was brought up assured me that I was better than other people; I was 'saved,' they were 'damned'.....Our hymns were loaded with arrogance--self-congratulation on how cozy we were with the Almighty and what a high opinion he had of us, what hell everybody else would catch come Judgment Day." -Robert Heinlein

"The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal.....is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process." -Adlai Stevenson

"Our inequality materializes our upper classes, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class."  -Matthew Arnold

"No class of Americans, so far as I know, has ever objected . . . to any amount of government meddling if it appeared to benefit that particular class." -Carl Becker

"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion." -John Comenius

"Hypocrisy -- prejudice with a halo." -Ambrose Bierce

"America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people." -Gloria Steinem

"The worst country to be poor in is America." -Arnold Toynbee

"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." -Herman Melville

"People want 'just' taxes more than they want 'lower' taxes.  They want to know that every man is paying his proportionate share according to his wealth." -Will Rogers

"We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth.  Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what, they call socialism." -Richard T. Ely

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