Sunday, November 21, 2010

My New Favorite Old Expression

"A politician uses history the same way that a drunk uses a lamp-post; for support, not illumination."......While I'm not entirely sure who initially coined the phrase, I can give MIT history professor, John Dower, a shout-out for sharing it with C-Span's audience tonight. Thanks a lot Professor Dower.


Beach Bum said...

I agree but its not just politicians, even the historians all too often these day have an axe to grind.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

You're right, double b. Historians often use politics as THEIR lamp-post - no question.