Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Interesting historical thought experiment

Tom Clancy, in a post asking the denizens of alt.books.tom-clancy to give the Bush/Kerry bashing a rest:

THEREFORE, I, Tom Clancy, beseech the members of the [newsgroup] to refrain and desist from political commentary. It's just receiver noise, and a waste of time for all of us to have to read it. Enough. Save it for the voting booth. Whoever wins the election, America will go on, because as the Clinton Administration taught us, the government has little to do with the way the country actually operates. The personal computer was invented by two college dropouts, not by any government agency or program.

By now, he's probably right. There are very few people left who haven't decided which way to vote.

He went on to ask:

As a thought experiment, I invite all here to say which 19th Century President - except for Abe Lincoln - was more important to America than Thomas Alva Edison. The elections back then were passionate, too. But did they really matter all that much?

Good question, that.

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