“I’ve always been a big believer in ‘X’, but…”

“A politician will always tip off his true belief by stating the opposite at the beginning of the sentence. For maximum comprehension, do not start listening until the first clause is concluded. Begin instead at the word ‘BUT’ which begins the second, or active, clause. This is the way to tell a liberal from a conservative – before they tell you. Thus: ‘I have always believed in a strong national defense, second to none, but…(a liberal, about to propose a $20 billion defense cut).”

— Frank Mankiewicz
(1924-2014) American journalist
http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Frank.Mankiewicz.Quote.6851

This was an interesting quote in a number of ways. Liberty Tree (who sends out these quotes) doesn’t normally miss when someone dies, and unless there were two ‘Frank Mankiewicz’, this one died 6 years ago in 2014. I added the expiration date. As you can see from the picture above of Frank in front of the McGovern poster, he was a liberal. Yet in the quote he’s being bipartisan when he shows how a liberal politician obfuscates just as often as a conservative. That is a wonderful job of diagraming a sentence, something I never learned. In the bio I read on Frank it mentions he came from a long line of “Hollywood luminaries”. I have to assume he is related to the director Joseph and TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. Liberal Jews are nothing new to Hollywood.

Published by Iowa Life

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