Originally posted by oasisjack
reply to post by SWCCFAN
I'm not calling him a quack merely saying that he will be viewed as a quack much like Jesse Ventura. Pierce is an excellent media hitman with a
serpents tongue made of silver.
People like that make life interesting; that is, if you have someone on your side as equally skilled in discourse.
Another favorite of mine is Ambrose Bierce:
The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad companies had received large loans from the U.S. government to build the First Transcontinental
Railroad—on gentle terms, but Collis P. Huntington persuaded a friendly member of Congress to introduce a bill excusing the companies from repaying
the money, amounting to $130 million (nearly $3 billion in 2007 money).
In January 1896 Hearst dispatched Bierce to Washington, D.C. to foil this attempt. The essence of the plot was secrecy; the railroads' advocates hoped
to get the bill through Congress without any public notice or hearings. When the angered Huntington confronted Bierce on the steps of the Capitol and
told Bierce to name his price, Bierce's answer ended up in newspapers nationwide:
My price is one hundred thirty million dollars. If, when you are ready to pay, I happen to be out of town, you may hand it over to my friend, the
Treasurer of the United States. Ambrose Bierce - Wikipedia
I can see the debate with Pierce and Jones going wayward; that is, needing more to defend ourselves against our government rather than those many
among us whom would steal, beat, and rape the otherwise unarmed and vulnerable.
edit on 7-1-2013 by ClementWinters because: Fixed Youtube Links