__________TOP FIVE LINES________ To Use at Your Next Party

You can’t stop people from being stupid.

     One of my late clients laid this gem on me about 20 years ago.  I’ve used it hundreds of times since.  I could have used it thousands of times.  It’s always applicable.  Lately, it’s been handy for use in economic “bubble theory” discourse. 

Don’t ever get into a fight with the Chinese.  Why?  They’ll just keep coming over the hill.

     My father presented me with this maxim during the Vietnam War era.  As a WWII Navy vet, who served in the South Pacific, he experienced his fair share of unrelenting Japanese Kamikaze attacks.  Knowing that the Chinese were supplying Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam gave him the ugly imagery of unending Chinese manpower eventually overcoming our American troops. 

     While we probably don’t think about vast numbers of Chinese soldiers and their hoard of military supplies today, we do have the rather unpleasant thought of Chinese goods overwhelming our economy.  .  . and unending balance of trade deficits with them.  Just a different form of Tsunami.

The masses are asses and they get what they deserve.

     This is a corollary, of sorts, to the “being stupid” quote above.  I heard this one about 35 years ago from a new acquaintance, who asked me what my major was in college.  When I told him “political science and philosophy,”  he responded that he had taken one political science course in college and that was plenty.  Then he went on to say that his political science professor told the class that if you never remember anything else from this class, at least remember this.  And, he did.  And, so have I. 

God loves fools and Democrats.

     Again, this one came from the same late client, who gave me the ‘being stupid” statement.  I have never heard anyone else use it.  Maybe it needs to be rehabilitated and and reestablished in our vernacular.  Why?  Because if God loves everyone, then who are the fools?

For every person who voices a complaint, there are 40 silent people who have the same complaint.

     I used to love to read a samll series of paperbacks in the 1980’s that were entitled, “Rules of Thumb.”  I don’t know how correct these rules were or whether they were based on  a hypothetico-deductive model.    I never actually cared.  The rules were entertaining, and some just resonated as universally true.  This one comes in handy, not so much at a party, but when you’re complaining to a customer service representative about the junky product or service that you’ve just received from their company.  When you quote them this line,  for some reason, your problem tends to get solved in a way that is usually pleasing.

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