Saturday, August 20, 2005

And they thought today's political discourse was lowered....

His speeches leave the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a straggling thought and bear it triumphantly a prisoner in their midst until it died of servitude and overwork.

Senator William McAdoo on Warren Harding

Why, if a man were to call my god McKinley, and the bruite failed to resent to the death the damning insult, I'd drown it.

William Cowper Brann on William E. McKinley

The trouble with Senator Long is that he is suffering from halitosis of the intellect. That's presuming Emperor Long has an intellect.

Harold Ickes on Huey Long

Filthy Story-Teller, Despot, Liar, Thief, Braggart, Buffoon, Usurper, Monster, Ignoramus Abe, Old Scoundrel, Perjurer, Robber, Swindler, Tyrant, Field-Butcher, Land-Pirate.

Harper's Weekly on Abraham Lincoln

Murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practised, the air will be rent with the cries of distress, the soil soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes. Where is the heart that can contemplate such a scene without shivering with horror?

The New England Courant on the election of Thomas Jefferson

God damn your god damned old hellfired god damned soul to hell god damn you and god damn your god damned family's god damned hellfired god damned soul to hell and good damnation god damn them and god damn your god damned friends to hell.

Mr. Pete Muggins, Letter to Abraham Lincoln

All the above were taken from The Book of Insults.

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