Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
In the search for intelligent life, this may be a good credo. There is certainly a lot to be learned these days. And though it would be nice to avoid the obvious fool in the name of Trump, what better example of a fool is there today? For decades the GOP has been veering from dumb to crazy to stupid to extreme, to now whatever you call the Trump-brand of Republicanism, it is telling that the base of the party has become so extreme that even the GOP leaders are taken aback and in a state of panic. Of course, this is the same leadership that promoted this craziness, but they promoted it with winks, nods, and dog-whistles instead of Team Trump’s megaphone and swinging fists).
Even the right wing National Review is freaking out about the leading Republican candidate in a piece subtly titled, “‘Mental.’ ‘Utterly Stupid.’ ‘Trump Only Cares About Trump.’"
GINGRICH: Tweeting about, or repeating a tweet about Mrs. Cruz is just utterly stupid. It has frankly, weakened everything that Trump ought to be strengthening. It sent a signal to women that is negative, at a time when his numbers with women are already bad.
[National Review's JIM GERAGHTY:] Oh, what’s that? Trump’s Twitter behavior is “utterly stupid”, Newt? Thanks for noticing; six days ago you were telling the media there was absolutely nothing about Trump that worries you. Maybe your previous comparison of Trump to Reagan was frankly, fundamentally, profoundly wrong from A to Z.
Donald Trump didn’t suddenly change in the past few days, weeks or months. He’s the same guy he always was, the same guy that most of us in the conservative movement and GOP have been staunchly opposing for the past year. He didn’t abruptly become reckless, obnoxious, ill-informed, erratic, hot-tempered, pathologically dishonest, narcissistic, crude and catastrophically unqualified for the presidency overnight. He’s always been that guy…
The best part of the NR piece is this kicker:
Trump supporters, no one should let you off of that bandwagon now. You should be handcuffed to that Titanic you volunteered to crew.
Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?
- Obi-Wan Kenobi to Han Solo, in Star Wars.
(And, just because I like Gary Larson)
Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.
- Translation: A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
- Variant A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art Poétique (The Art of Poetry), Canto I, l. 232 (1674).
As a P.S. Some final foolish thoughts for All Fools Day:
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
- A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
- A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
There are three kinds of fools in this world, fools proper, educated fools and rich fools. The world persists because of the folly of these fools.
- Swami Narayanananda, Revelation, No. 190, p. 168 (2001, 1st ed. 1951)
- The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
- Any fool can make a rule
- And any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry (3 February 1860).
All quotes from - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Fools