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Rather than answring point by point some of the nonsense expressed on the opinion pages of the paper, I would like to refer to a book published just about 100 years ago by Sinclair Lewis, America's first Nobel prize winner for literature, entitled "Babbitt." Lewis describes himself as a social critic and writes about "everyman" whom he gives the title, a solid American citizen. The following is almost a direct quote with spacing for brevity:

"Our ideal citizen – I picture him first and foremost as being busier than a bird-dog, not wasting a lot of good time in day-dreaming. … At night he lights up a cigar, mows the lawn and after dinner he tells the kiddies a story, or reads the eventing paper, and maybe the folks next door drop in … then he goes happily to bed, his conscience clear, having contributed his mite to the prosperity of the city and to his own bank account."

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Later in the book, speaking about Europe, he writes "one thing that distinguishes us from our good brothers, the hustlers over there is that they're willing to take a lot off the snobs and journalists and politicians, while the modern American business man knows how to talk right up for himself, knows how to make it good and plenty clear that he intends to run the works … . He's got a vocabulary and a punch. … We're not doing any boasting but we like ourselves first rate."

Further on he writes "worst menace to sound government is not the avowed socialists but a lot of cowards who work under cover – liberals and radicals – irresponsible teachers constitute the worst of this whole gang – pessimistic, cynical university teachers – to have those cusses fired … not till that is done will our sons and daughters see that the ideal of American manhood and culture isn't a lot of cranks sitting around chewing the rag about their rights … but a god-fearing, hustling, successful, two-fisted regular guy who belongs to some church … or the Rotarians or Moose … who plays hard and works hard and respects the USA."

Sinclair Lewis would have loved Hillary's deplorable, second amendment, church-going women and men. He probably won't be seen at Common Ground.

Bob McDowell

Eldersburg

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