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But the same goes for Kierkegaard, Everard of Ypres, Confucius, Descartes, Schopenhauer, Joe the Plumber, Hildegard of Bingen and the golden oldies Plato and Aristotle. They hardly rattle the bottles in pubs or beer distributorships. A mention of their names leaves fists uncuffed and pistols holstered.
Our national conversation is pretty mean and low at the moment and our mayhem is anything but pure. What good is American exceptionalism if people in southern Russia seem more intelligent?
I, for one, intend to drink more beer in the hope that a better class of argument will break out.
Reach Reg Henry at rhenrypost-gazette.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.
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