Sunday, December 03, 2017

Why I don't watch "Meet the Press"

Having some downtime, I downloaded the MTP transcript for December 3, 2017 and did a quick word count analysis.  In summary,  the Guests, do 30% of the talking (excluding commercials and video) and Chuck Todd and "The Panel" do 70%!  What a waste of time to watch it. Details as follows:

Chuck Todd No. Words %
Opening Remarks            900
Questions/Guest Intro        1,500
Total Chuck Todd         2,400 34%
Guest Answer
Senator Collins               600
Senator Feinstein             700
Cory Lewandowski             800
Total Guest        2,100 30%
Panel Discussion        2,500 36%
Grand Total        7,000

Friday, September 01, 2017

Eisenhower explains why General Robert E. Lee was a Hero

August 9, 1960

Dear Dr. Scott:

Respecting your August 1 inquiry calling attention to my often expressed admiration for General Robert E. Lee, I would say, first, that we need to understand that at the time of the War between the States the issue of secession had remained unresolved for more than 70 years. Men of probity, character, public standing and unquestioned loyalty, both North and South, had disagreed over this issue as a matter of principle from the day our Constitution was adopted.

General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. He believed unswervingly in the Constitutional validity of his cause which until 1865 was still an arguable question in America; he was a poised and inspiring leader, true to the high trust reposed in him by millions of his fellow citizens; he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. Through all his many trials, he remained selfless almost to a fault and unfailing in his faith in God. Taken altogether, he was noble as a leader and as a man, and unsullied as I read the pages of our history.

From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that present-day American youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed in his painstaking efforts to help heal the Nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our own time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained.

Such are the reasons that I proudly display the picture of this great American on my office wall.

Sincerely,

Dwight D. Eisenhower