"The psychologists and the metaphysicians wrangle endlessly
over the nature of the thinking process in man, but no matter
how violently they differ otherwise they all agree that
it has little to do with logic and is not much conditioned
by overt facts."
H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
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And they said man had a disease, and they drilled joles in mans head.Then they deicluded, they could control human bature thriugh thenuse odf chemicals, so the use an entire generation of humans are experiments, and we now see the devistation of the folly beginning to unfold. The bulit thoudsands of prisons, trying to change human nture, the rsults, are for all to see, Failier. The answer is law, simple and esay rto understand law, we already have it, it is called the consitution.
 -- Kimo, US of A     
    If logic was the defining factor instead of emotion, we would not have this 41 year old "War on Drugs". Almost everyone knows that it hasn't worked, has made matters worse, and has cost billions, and yet it continues. Where's the logic in that.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    You are right Jim k.
     -- cal, lewisville, TX     
    Then perhaps the time has come for the PEOPLE, not the parties to win the next elections. Restore America in 2012 and vote for Ron Paul, the only true 100% constitutionalist running. You can look up his voting record in congress in The Freedom Index...and see, he has often stood alone as the one man to support liberty.
     -- Abby     
    jim, I agree. Its true, overt facts and logic have nothing to do with what the psychologists, metaphysicians, or other patrons of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land are doing.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Sad but true.
     -- dick, fort worth     
    H.L. was psychic. Hell all we have to do is look at the Global Warming-Climate Change Nay Sayers to know that OVERT facts have no effect on lots of people.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    The quite common incidence of 'wishful thinking' is about the worst deception of all !!!!
     -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore - India     
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