American Consequences - June 2018


Get Me a Quote onThat

I went back to Ohio  But my pretty countryside 

“The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of every town or city.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table “If you drive too high, you will set the dome of heaven on fire, and if you are too low you will scorch the earth. The middle way is safest.” Ovid, Metamorphoses , Advice of Phoebus, the Sun, to Phaeton who wants to drive the Sun’s chariot across the sky “I should always find that the calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters.” Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Had been paved down the middle  By a government that had no pride  The farms of Ohio  Had been replaced by shopping malls  And Muzak filled the air  From Seneca to Cuyahoga falls  Said, a, o, oh way to go Ohio Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders “A man who takes more words than is necessary to tell more than he knows.” Dwight Eisenhower’s definition of an intellectual, quoted by Paul Johnson in Eisenhower, A Life “’You should ha’ sent me to school a bit more,’ I says, ‘an then I could ha’ read I’ the books like fun, an kep’ my head cool an’ empty.’” George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss A country boy is a really good student. He gets straight “A”s at his rural consolidated high school and 800s on his SATs. He goes to Harvard. He’s finding his way around campus and asks a fellow student, “Where’s the library at?” The student says, “Here at Harvard, we don’t end our sentences with a preposition.” “Okay,” says the country boy, “where’s the library at, Asshole .” Joke told byWinston Groom, author of Forest Gump (and football player for Alabama’s Crimson tide)

“All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined... with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio.” Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, 1838

I went back to Ohio  But my city was gone 

There was no train station  There was no downtown...  All my favorite places  My city had been pulled down  Reduced to parking spaces  A, o, way to go Ohio

“Common sense is not so common.” Voltaire, Dictionnaire Phiosophique

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