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First, would you not have wanted to be a fly on the wall when Emerson and Thoreau had a conversation about self-reliance and charity? I wonder if Alcott had to step in between.

Second, the neurolinguistics of Republican pandering is designed to circumvent the truly intellectual and intelligent...and Christian...message of the progressive movement.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. means nothing to them. They forget their place and obstruct greatness. They are the hemmorhoids on the rectum of progress.


New Hampshire's motto is Live Free or Die. At least that's the one they've got on their tags.
Of course the Teabagger verion is Life For Free or Die.

Lance Mannion


Boy, did I goof on that one! Thanks for the catch. I corrected and revised the graf.

I like your version of the Tea Party motto.

El Jefe


That's gunning for Comment of the Year, if even just for the leap from Alcott to the last metaphor. If you get to be that fly, tell me what appens. "They forget their place and obstruct greatness" is both correct, for French-presidents-with-a-gift-for-brevity values of correct, and ties up nicely with the (also right on) point about the neurolinguistics of it all. The people who hate evolution most are an outstanding negative proof that it happens. Ditto on Christianity: most of these folks are unreconstructed North European pagans who grafted the name "Jesus" onto Balder, and love them some witch-burning and Ragnarok.

Steve TG,

I'd tweak the Teabagger version a little: "Let Me Live for Free, or Die."

M.  George Stevenson

There's a great dismissal of such types in Franzen's FREEDOM (and I know there are plenty of say-it-ain't-sos in this crowd regarding that book, but too bad): "Kenny Bartles was clearly one of those daredevil clowns, a bush-league sociopath who would end up in jail or in Congress soon enough."

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