February 23, 2008

The Ludlum Political Identity

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The mood of the nation was changing, the crust of the benevolent Great Society beginning to crack, the lesions initiated with code words coined by the Nixon boys, such as the Silent Majority and Bums-on-Welfare and the pejorative them. A meanness was rising out of the ground and spreading, and it was more than the perceptive, decent Ford could stop, weakened as he was by the wounds of Watergate; and too much as well for the brilliant Carter, too consumed by minutiae to exercise compassionate leadershop. The phrase ". . . what can you do for your country" was out of fashion, replaced by "what I can do for me."
~ Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Ultimatum
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