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    Finally, as Mark Twain wrote, “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”
    Note: Word for today that, if heeded, would surely alter much.
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    Word to the wise: When anyone professes to be patriotic or religious, the only the decent answer is to take him at his word. Fair-minded observers who do not aspire to mind-reading should presume good faith, as it were—and our politics would be healthier if more did, starting with the President.
    Note: How politicians ought to handle dumb questions from the press.
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    From “The Secret Knowledge” (2011), by David Mamet: Government is only a business. Past the roads, defense, and sewers, it sells excitement and self-satisfaction to the masses, and charges them an entertainment tax, exacted in wealth and misery. It cannot make cars, or develop medicines. How can it “abolish poverty” (at home or abroad), or Bring About an End to Greed or Exploitation? It can only sell the illusion, and put itself in a position where it is free from judgment of its efforts. It does this, first of all, by stating inchoate goals, “change, hope, fairness, peace,” and then...
    Note: David Mamet on government
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    Whereas entitled progress with government care substitutes for virtue in citizens, the original progress claimed for the newly founded American republic made a place for virtue and was accompanied by virtue.
    Note: Virtue
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    To carry out its increasing responsibilities, required for the service of entitlements, government is tempted to fix problems by expanding its regulation of the lives of free citizens. It begins to forget that to let free is to leave alone. It starts to think that rational administration is not a means to freedom but an improvement on it—and that citizens should not be free to make big or even small mistakes in their lives.
    Note: Progress
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