Thursday, September 24, 2009

You Can’t Believe Impossible Things

We are asked to believe the following proposition: The United States can’t provide its citizens what every Western country offers as a matter of common policy, national health insurance.

On the other hand, the United States can achieve what no country has done before, win a war in Afghanistan.

Go to the board and write it two-hundred times, children.

It calls to mind a passage from Through The Looking Glass:

“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

1 comment:

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

Voltaire: Who can make you believe impossibilities can make you commit atrocities.