"Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe
whose influence in human affairs has always been
dominant and controlling."
Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) American Civil War soldier, humorist, writer
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Currently, how perfectly relevant.
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
    You got that right. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    More like a member of a SMALL but powerful tribe...
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Intended to be a joke, but makes no sense. No tribe of idiots could achieve dominance, or have any influence, in human affairs. It takes some smarts to pull it off.
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    The subject idiocy would reference their comprehension of freedom and liberty, not their smarts, or need for power and control. There is in fact a large powerful tribe of power mongers and control freaks dominating a people that would hopefully desire freedom and liberty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Their influence can be "dominant and controlling" even if they are fools and completely incompetant as individuals... look at how this tribe put King George W into power and the chaos and loss of life and liberty that has brought to so many (last estimate I saw was that over 600,000 more people have died in Iraq than would have if we had not invaided them without provocation).... Idiots!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
     -- M. Taya, NYC      
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