Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father and 1st secretary of the treasury, believed the Electoral College would protect the presidency from being occupied by a demagogue, but he never anticipated political parties, which he helped create. (Photo: John Trumbull’s painting that hangs in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)
“…down deep, they just don’t care. They just don’t care.” – Lon Chaney, Jr., to Gary Cooper in the 1952 classic western "High Noon" (Many townspeople had served as deputies years before to help Marshal Will Kane break up a bad bunch. The thugs are coming back, and an old, retired marshal tells Kane that he’s not surprised that the people won’t do it again.)
“Ignorance can be educated and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” – Aristophanes, as quoted by Kevin Kline in "The Emperor’s Club"
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” - George Santayana
Offutt’s Law: “The more important it is for you to know something, the less likely it will be volunteered to you.”
- David Offutt