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Date: Sun, 31 Jul 94 19:20:58 EDT
From: BertieV[at]-remove-aol.com
Subject: Shirt slogan

I'd STRONGLY like to voice an opinion AGAINST anything political on the
shirt.

Some reasons:

1) if everyone on the list doesn't share EXACTLY the same beliefs (and show
me a diverse group that does), then you'll be asking people to buy something
they don't necessarily see eye to eye on the meaning of; and

2) regardless of my own personal politics, which are, in fact, personal, I
must admit that even in my collegiate wild-eyed radical [sic} stage, I'd
always found Pat's occasional political pronouncement a little on the
sophomoric side. Still rankles a bit, honestly, that a man with such a keen
and heartfelt perception of issues that we might call PERSONAL politics seems
rather hamstrung when it comes to political statements of a broader nature.

Again, it's not the side he picks that I choose to argue with--there are
always arguments for and against both, and I'm prepared to agree to disagree
with anyone with a well-thought out point of view--but the
less-than-open-minded way he has on occasion expressed those opinions --EVEN
IN JEST--that would make me less likely to wear a t-shirt with such a saying
printed on it. Indeed, in over ten years of listening to and loving his
music, this is the only truly major complaint I've ever had about him.

Anyway, I've spouted off without presenting a solution, and in closing, I've
got to say I'm getting more and more fond of "Sometimes it feels like ancient
Rome". Cos it does.

Thank you for your time. We now return to our regularly scheduled debate on
extenders and serifs.

John


BertieV[at]-remove-aol.com

"A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is "merely
relative", is asking you not to believe him. So don't."
* ---Roger Scruton

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