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The Real Gore

A great light went out when Gore Vidal died early last year. And yes he was related to Al Gore, not something he proclaimed proudly.  He was a great writer/social critic, and profoundly witty.  Apropos of this quote, when he told his mother that he wanted to run for political office, his mother was horrified and said:  But those are people you hire!

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”
― Gore Vidal

holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M Jan 15, 2013

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