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Vogon_Glory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-15-09 09:25 AM
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2. Luckily For Dick Armey, 20th Century Americans Don't Act Like Their Forebears
Reading the story about the young reporter who committed suicide after Dick Armey ruined his career, I can't help but wonder whether a 19th century reporter would have behaved in the same fashion.

Most of today's progressives tend to internalize their anger and direct it inwards. Many 19th century white Americans, on the other hand, tended to direct their anger outwards, especially the ones from a Southern US cultural background. This behavioral change may make for a more orderly, better-mannered society, but it does have the drawback of allowing bullies and goons to run rampant for years.

Admittedly, many 19th century white Americans were often a racist, violent bunch. But if someone from that background had been treated as shabbily as that journalist, I'm not sure that an Armey or another slanderer would have lived very long after his actions.
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