by Mike Pyatt
Well intentioned quotes may end up a malison. “Read my lips,” Bush 41’ stated sternly, standing before the GOP faithful, “No new taxes!” A quote that will live in political infamy. Quotes can be serious, amusing, sad, comforting, infamous, ominous, fleeting or enduring. During the Cold War, a 1956, quote by Nikita Khrushchev, in Russian,” My vas pokhoronim,” translated, “We will bury you.” Some maintain it was a mistranslation. It was menacing at the time.
Quotes are a staple of the columnist’s trade. Often a hook to connect to the reader, or underpinning the columnist’s perspective. It’s the stark recognition that someone said it most succinctly or eloquently. Most recognize, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” as Abraham Lincoln’s quote during his 1858, address in Springfield, Illinois. Slavery and freedom were incompatible.