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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Art of Not Expounding

In short, not saying more than you need to. It's a lost art these days I think. Especially with the web, blogs, magazines, newspapers, TV, blah blah blah blah blah, everyone talking loudly and at length on all manner of subjects.

I'm firmly convinced that 80% of the so-called experts don't know what the hell they're even talking about. They're just justifying their paycheck by expounding and waxing poetic on subjects they don't have a clue about. Remember, if "x" is an unknown quantity, and a "spurt" is a drip of water under pressure, then an "expert" is an unknown drip under pressure.

With politicians, it's about the same. They'll talk and talk, on any subject, as if by speaking they might give the impression that they know what the hell they're talking about. And if you give them a question, or even a simply statement, they'll launch into a half-hour long soliloquy that bores you to tears.

Enter Fred D. Thompson, who had to give one of the best quotes of the year during a speech in Iowa.

After a recent Thompson speech in Iowa a member of the audience called out: "Kill the terrorists, secure the border, and give me back my freedom." Thompson replied "you just summed up my whole speech."
That's brilliant, folks. You have no idea how brilliant that was. No hour long discussion, no soliloquy, no expounding, no canned pre-written "Well let me tell you about how my government will do that", just a one-line reply.

Thompson has got the RINO's scared as hell.

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