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March 05, 2019


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I loved listening to Teddy Kennedy's speeches. One of his most famous ones was at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. It was mesmerizing. Then I read the text in Vital Speeches of the Day, and discovered that the difference was shocking. The speech, as read, was actually little more than a pile of platitudes and cliches. The difference, of course, was the voice the words were spoken through. But the speech itself actually said very little.

Reading speeches is like reading song lyrics. Take it from me. ;)

Hat tip to Hal Gordon, of course, who for me has become 'the' voice of H.L. Mencken -- and I live in Baltimore!!

Can we please not say anything nice or thoughtful or cogent about DT? Your point is well taken but my animus will only permit blood vengeance at this point.

It reminds me of my English major roots: Quothe William Blake -- "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it."

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