“Cave Danaos et dona ferentis .” or Mendacibus, et perjuris civilibus affliguntur damnati,

In the 1964 election what was then considered a hard line conservative Goldwater and a very liberal Johnson faced off in the Presidential election. Now it seems that both might be considered to be rather ideologically middle of the road!

Malcolm X, in the Saturday Evening Post, (1964) said that the two candidates were actually quite similar, but that with Senator Goldwater “the black people at least know what they are dealing with.” Senator Goldwater(R) was like a “wolf,” and President Johnson(D) was like a “fox. He noted “since these are the choices, the black man in America, I think, only needs to pick which one he chooses to be eaten by, because both will eat him,” With the Senator, he noted, “they would at least know they were fighting an honestly growling wolf, rather than a fox who could have them in his stomach and have digested them before they even knew what is happening.”

President Trump is, in my opinion, an often obnoxious individual currently playing off the electorates fears against a plethora of Democrats who for the most part seem to be fighting to see who can offer the most freebies to the American public. Both are playing to some of our basest instincts. As in 1964 I wonder if any are currently deserving of our votes.

The title approximately translates as ” Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” or “Liars, damned liars and politicians.”

About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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1 Response to “Cave Danaos et dona ferentis .” or Mendacibus, et perjuris civilibus affliguntur damnati,

  1. Clifford A Hanson says:

    As usual, you have made muddy waters clear…unfortunately, both sides of the isle hear what they want to hear and then spin that information to serve their objective.

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