Thursday, November 18, 2004

Alright, alright!

I apologize for the recent dearth of entries. I seem to be lacking in inspiration these days. But I did learn something today at work, so I shall share it with you.

One of the more famous quotes in American history is Calvin Coolidge's 1925 statement, "The business of America is business." The basic reason behind the widespread knowledge of this quote is quite obvious. It nicely sums up America's economic mission.

It took on greater significance during the Cold War, as Coolidge's feelings could be applied to the difference between the Soviet Union and the United States (communism vs. capitalism). Then, when the big government era began coming to an end under Reagan, the quote was once again appropriate.

But there's a problem with Coolidge's quote. He didn't say it. At least not exactly. Instead, he said, "The chief business of the American people is business."

3 Comments:

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like someone's whipped out the Bartlett's! ahhh...the sheer joy of misquotations. good to have some action on the blog!

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Randall said...

your lack of enthusiasm is understandable. Your beloved baseball is over and your presidential candidate has joined the ranks of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis.

Oh well, at least there's Calvin Coolidge's quotes to inspire you.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I think it would be more accurate to say that Kerry has joined Al Gore. Dukakis and Mondale were destroyed. Mondale's loss was the equivalent of the 62-0 beating that I saw Notre Dame give Rutgers in 1996. Dukakis's defeat was similar to the waxing the Eagles gave Dallas on Monday night.

But the losses that Bush handed Gore and Kerry are akin to the Patriots' two Super Bowl victories.

 

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