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Old 07-01-2017, 01:41 PM
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"Egotistic To The Point of Mental Disease"

"The President of the United States has so singular a combination of defects for the office of a constitutional magistrate, that he could have obtained the opportunity to misrule the nation only by a visitation of Providence. Insincere as well as stubborn, cunning as well as unreasonable, vain as well as ill-tempered, greedy of popularity as well as arbitrary in disposition, veering in his mind as well as fixed in his will, he unites in his character the seemingly opposite qualities of demagogue and autocrat, and converts the Presidential chair into a stump or a throne, according as the impulse seizes him to cajole or to command. Doubtless much of the evil developed in him is due to his misfortune in having been lifted by events to a position which he lacked the elevation and breadth of intelligence adequately to fill. He was cursed with the possession of a power and authority which no man of narrow mind, bitter prejudices, and inordinate self-estimation can exercise without depraving himself as well as injuring the nation. Egotistic to the point of mental disease, he resented the direct and manly opposition of statesmen to his opinions and moods as a personal affront, and descended to the last degree of littleness in a political leader, that of betraying his party, in order to gratify his spite." The Atlantic Monthly in 1866

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Old 07-01-2017, 02:04 PM
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"The President of the United States has so singular a combination of defects for the office of a constitutional magistrate, that he could have obtained the opportunity to misrule the nation only by a visitation of Providence...
I recently toured the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Our tour guide was a Daughter of the Confederacy type and I asked her a question or two about Andrew Johnson whose portrait hung in the hallway (he was a former TN Governor). The revisionist history that spewed from her mouth was downright Trumpian.
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Wow. I just read that article and felt human at the line "amid the most palpable inconsistencies of opinion". That line reminded me of when I learned what it feels like to be a doctor and "palpate". Whenever I read that word I imagine doctors feeling for high spots, which in modern speak has become "low hanging fruit".
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