“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.”

On July 16, 1964, at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater uttered his most remembered quotation in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” he said. “And…moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” Those words quickly became both famous … Read more

“About one-fifth of the people are against everything all of the time.”

Some observers have expressed surprise that two populist, anti-establishment candidates who many people view as “extremists” won sizeable percentages of the votes in the 2016 presidential primary elections. But in the past there have been other high profile populist presidential candidates who based their campaigns on disdain for “the establishment” and passionate opposition to something. … Read more

As American as apple pie, cherry pie – and violence…

Apple trees are not native to America. They originated in Central Asia and were grown in Asia and Europe long before European colonists brought them to North America. However, as explained in a post by the eminent word and phrase expert Barry Popik on his site, American-grown apples and American-style apple pies eventually became renowned … Read more

SEPTEMBER 1 – We must love one another or (and?) die, Daisy!

One of the most famous poems written by W.H. Auden is “September 1, 1939.” It has the famous line: “We must love one another or die.” At least that was the line until Auden decided he hated it and essentially tried to erase it – unsuccessfully – from the public’s mind. Auden wrote the poem … Read more