H/T to The Lonely Conservative for this quote:
Do not for one moment think that we are either intellectually or morally superior to those Germans who put Hitler in power. We have been saved by our institutions and our traditions– the very institutions and traditions that so many are so busy eroding or dismantling, whether in classrooms or court rooms or in the halls of Congress and the White House.
Talk matters for good reasons as well as bad. Anyone familiar with the desperate predicament of Britain in 1940, when it stood alone against the Nazi juggernaut that had smashed whole nations in weeks or even days, knows how crucial Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was to sustaining the national will, which was the margin between survival and annihilation.
Unfortunately, people on the make seem to have a keener appreciation of the power of words, as the magic road to other power, than do people defending values that seem to them too obvious to require words.
The expression, “It goes without saying. . .” is a fatal trap. Few things go without saying. Some of the most valuable things in life may go away without saying– whether loved ones in one’s personal life or the freedom or survival of a nation.
With all of my politically-influenced blogging of late, my parents have kiddingly pointed out that I should become a political science major this fall. (Noted point: I am currently accepted as an Undeclared major.) The fact that I would one day like to do things such as homestead, reach out to the community on a one-to-one level, and, if God chooses to bless me with a family, homeschool, puts a bit of a damper on the idea of becoming a politician. I dislike The System. I think it’s overgrown. I like grassroots. But they say it would give me “a deeper understanding of how it works”. Okay, good point. But do I need four years of that, in today’s economy?
I like what Thomas Sowell says. It makes me wonder if I should take my 93rd and 96th percentile SAT scores in Writing and Critical Reading a little more seriously, and develop my talents. It doesn’t help that I’m far more verbose when I write than when I speak. I’m a thinker. I like clarification. So when I can’t say what I want to say, clearly, it frustrates me, and I get flustered.
So, English major is out. Do they have a Logic and Debate major? 😉