[FoRK] huntin' and fishin' and weldin' and fornicatin'
luis at tieguy.org
Sun Sep 14 14:43:33 PDT 2008
On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 5:35 PM, Dave Long <dave.long at bluewin.ch> wrote:
> Le 5 sept. 08 à 08:51, Reza B'Far a écrit :
>> I watched a couple of JFK speeches on cable a few months ago. It was sure
>> different world back then. I wasn't even alive then, but it seemed that
>> intellectual conversations were at a higher ground.
> Whether the intellectual contents were at a higher ground or not would be
> more difficult to show, but when looking at the parsing sophistication
> expected of a listener, JFK's inaugural address has Flesch-Kincaid high
> school grade level of 11, having declined from the founding father's
> (presumably) college level speeches, yet still well above the junior-high
> productions of the two Bushes.
Note that they weren't *that* much of a higher ground; the most direct
precedent to GW's known-to-be-lying fearmongering about WMDs is
probably JFK's fearmongering about the 'missile gap', which he'd been
briefed on, knew not to be true, and used to attack VP Nixon anyway.
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