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    A Lack of Quotable Presidents

    I likes me some quotes, as you can see by the header. I collect them, especially if they pertain to my interests. But I noticed something–there’s a lack of quotable presidents lately. The last one I remember saying anything profound was JFK. There’s been some memorable lines, like Nixon’s “I am not a crook” and W. Bush’s “Can’t get fooled again”, but those are ignoble. There’s no “speak softly and carry a big stick” or “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Why is that? What happened after JFK? Does it have something to do with his assassination? Is it something to do with the information age?…

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    How Do You Convince Someone Not to Vote for Trump

    Allow me to get political for a second. I haven’t done so in over 900 posts, so I think I’m permitted one. And believe me, I don’t like to do this. I’m not politically minded. I don’t care much about politics or governmental elections. I care about policy, but the system to create that policy has succumbed to corruption – lobbying, partisanship, etc. When it comes to presidents, there are candidates I like and candidates I don’t. When George W. Bush was first elected, I was disappointed – the election was controversial to begin with, but also he was not very intelligent and didn’t understand consequences for his actions. He…