Skip to comments.The Gaffe that Time Forgot: Lincolnís Intercontinental Railroad
Posted on 07/03/2011 11:54:58 AM PDT by Nachum
I came across this the other day and thought it was a perfect example of the sort of silly verbal gaffe which is ignored by the media when the left makes the error, but which is elevated to national importance when a conservative does it.
Thanks to Warner Todd Huston for making this clip. Have a look:
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When John Engler was running for governor of Michigan he declared that when he goes to Mackinaw Island, he would drive his Oldsmobile.
He actually meant that he wouldn’t be using a state owned helicopter. If anything, that gaffe actually helped Engler.
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Nice find. There’s no doubt why our little, idiot president is so rarely unleashed from his teleprompter.
Yep! That man is so dumb he can’t understand the magnitude of his own ignorance. And, neither can the people that elected him.
The Transcontinental Railroad was held up for years as factions from the North and the South wouldn’t agree between the two possible routes. When the South withdrew from the Congress during the Civil War, the North had the votes to decide the route and begin construction, hence the Omaha to Sacramento route vs. the eventual Southern Pacific line.
Yup, and the corruption that followed was, well, inevitable considering government’s involvement.
Government was cleanest when it was smallest. I don’t even think George Washington had cabinet secretaries to blame things on.
Washington’s cabinet argued constantly...Hamilton and Jefferson were diametrically opposed on most issues.
Guess we should all be glad that Engler opted for the ferry.
People misspeak. Sometimes they say things that are wrong. The difference is, the right doesnt capitalize on everyone of these and try to form a narrative around them about the stupidity of, say Barack Obama. The left cant seem to help itself, especially when it comes to conservative women.But then, the left is led by journalism. Which, being unified by the wire services, is free of internal ideological competition and therefore gives free rein to its narcissism by promoting those (whom it calls "liberal" or "moderate" or "progressive") who go along and get along with journalism's self-importance and snipes incessantly at those (whom it calls "conservatives") who do not do so.
- From Theodore Roosevelt's 1910 speech at the Sarbonne:
- There is no more unhealthy being, no man less worthy of respect, than he who either really holds, or feigns to hold, an attitude of sneering disbelief toward all that is great and lofty, whether in achievement or in that noble effort which, even if it fails, comes to second achievement. A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticise work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life's realities - all these are marks, not as the possessor would fain to think, of superiority but of weakness. They mark the men unfit to bear their part painfully in the stern strife of living, who seek, in the affection of contempt for the achievements of others, to hide from others and from themselves in their own weakness. The rôle is easy; there is none easier, save only the rôle of the man who sneers alike at both criticism and performance.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.