Republican “Rutherfraud” B. Hayes benefited from last minute, panicky ballot count shenanigans in three southern states. An Electoral Commission of 8 Republicans and 7 Democrats had to pick the winner of those states electoral votes. “Old 8 to 7” Hayes defeated Samuel Tilden. (Photo: Eliphalet Andrew’s painting that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery)
“…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