Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Speaker Ryan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Are You Kidding Me?

As our loyal readers know, we do not do politics here. What follows is not political. Rather, it comes from our Literary Department, which has long admired F. Scott Fitzgerald's observation: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Having endorsed and refusing to withdraw his endorsement of Trump, apparently comfortable that Trump represents 'the values we want in our next president,' Speaker Ryan has made a dazzling display of his Fitzgeraldian first-rate intelligence. An email of Clinton’s communication director surfaced that was mildly disparaging of Catholics and Evangelicals. Here is Speaker Ryan’s comment: “To disparage the Catholic Church as ‘severely backwards’ is an insult to millions of people across the nation," Ryan, who is Catholic, said in a statement. "If anything, these statements reveal the Clinton campaign's hostile attitude toward people of faith in general. All Americans of faith should take a long, hard look at this and decide if these are the values we want to be represented in our next president," Ryan added. "If Hillary Clinton continues to employ people with biased and bigoted views, it's clear where her priorities lie." As the Head of our Literary Department said in reaction, "I guess the test of being an unprincipled hypocritical idiot is the ability to hold two false balances in the mind at the same time and have others believe you actually have retained the ability to function as a political leader." 

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