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. . . You remember that expression, “get the lead out”? It’s almost out, almost gone. Clean water? I’m for clean water . . . I’ve been an outdoorsman and a sportsman all my life. I’ve been to these national parks . . . So I’ll just keep saying I am one . . . I am an environmentalist. I believe in our parks. I believe in the President’s commission on outdoors. And I’ll do a good job, because I am committed.

George Bush, 1988 Presidential Debate

STUPIDITY FASCINATES. It is forthright. It is never self-conscious. It never listens. It says what it means and means what it says. Giving all it’s got, telling you everything, it partakes of a kind of encyclopedic self-evacuation. I’m not using the Barbara Kruger term “stupidity” in a judgmental sense (although nothing truly escapes our cataloguing of the loved and the unloved), but rather in an observational one. And aptly so, as today’s most

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