Now and then that great American and very prolific writer "Anonymous" generates some actual wisdom. The recent Linux Journal magazine April 2010 page 17 added a Mr.or Mrs Anonymous comment to the THEY SAID IT column:
For years there has been a theory that millions of monkeys typing at random on millions of typewriters would reproduce all the works of Shakespeare. The internet has proved that that to be untrue [false].
At the risk of sounding a lot likewhen he takes off after bloggers not being journalists or even responsible, the anonymous comment is interesting...even if I also don't allow many "anonymous" posts here at Dakota Today. The comment caused me to put together an image sort of indicating the many less than a thousand words worth of text in the quote.
I have a feeling that those 100% GOP congress critters (and Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin) voting against reform of health insurance will not only be on the wrong side of history, but also on the wrong side of voters once the new legislation starts working. David Frum has expressed some worries part of which are quoted below with a link to his website:
"We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.
There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? Or – more exactly – with somebody whom your voters have been persuaded to believe wants to murder their grandmother?
I've been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes it mobilizes supporters – but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead. The real leaders are on TV and radio, and they have very different imperatives from people in government. Talk radio thrives on confrontation and recrimination. When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush's listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.
So today's defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it's mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it's Waterloo all right: ours."
David Frum on GOP "Waterloo"
** Stay tuned and keep typing unless you happen to be a right-wing loon with a keyboard -- Doug Wiken