More Than Meets The Eye August 30, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, People.
Tags: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nobel Prize in Literature, Winston Churchill
Who would you vote for?
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist. He’s had two mistresses. He chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
He’s a decorated war hero, a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks only an occasional beer, and never cheated on his wife.
Which of these candidates would be your choice?
Do you have enough information to make a decision? Is there anything else you want to know?
Outward appearances can be deceiving. There’s more to people, especially consummate politicians, than meets the eye.
So, are you ready to meet the Candidates?
Here they are . . .
Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ A 1999 survey by C-SPAN found that by a wide margin academic historians consider Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Roosevelt the three greatest presidents, consistent with other surveys.
Roosevelt is the sixth most admired person from the 20th century by US citizens, according to Gallup.
Winston Churchill ~ A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist.
To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an honorary citizen of the United States.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”
Adolph Hitler ~ Hitler, the Nazi Party and the results of Nazism are typically regarded as gravely immoral.
Historians, philosophers, and politicians have often applied the word evil in both a secular and a religious sense.
Historical and cultural portrayals of Hitler in the west are overwhelmingly condemnatory.
The display of swastikas or other Nazi symbols is prohibited in Germany and Austria. Holocaust denial is also prohibited in both countries.
Moral of the story: You can’t judge a book by its cover.
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Inspiration: e-mail from unknown author provided background “facts” for each of the 3 candidates. The facts are “true” to the best of my knowledge.