Comments: We Have Met the Enemy, and He is ...


"A group of my friends IS in the midst of an animated e-mail discussion," Ben, IS. :-)

Posted by Matt S. at September 9, 2008 10:18 PM

Funny that you just used half of a GREAT quote to title this entry (I sporadically read your blog when I want to read creative and VERY funny thought). I just was reminded of the entire quote when responding to a higher-up muckymuck, and thus researched its genesis after it reminded me of my Dad, a devout Pogo enthusiast. You might enjoy. And remember, especially in THIS election year, to look at what the fear really is and what your friends appear to be afraid of. I think you get it, given your title for this missive...


The Source: The Best of Pogo, Edited by Mrs. Walt Kelly and Bill Crouch Jr. A Fireside Book, published by Simon & Schuster, Copyright 1982 by Walt Kelly Estate
By Walt Kelly, Page 224:

“In the time of Joseph McCarthyism, celebrated in the Pogo strip by a character named Simple J. Malarkey, I attempted to explain each individual is wholly involved in the democratic process, work at it or no. The results of the process fall on the head of the public and he who is recalcitrant or procrastinates in raising his voice can blame no one but himself. An introduction to Pogo Papers, published by Simon and Schuster in 1952-53, said in part:

The Kelly quote:

‘...Specializations and markings of individuals everywhere abound in such profusion that major idiosyncrasies can be properly ascribed to the mass. Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of the cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle.’

‘There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve, then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.’


Posted by Norm at September 10, 2008 02:36 AM

Matt: Thanks for the tip, Mr Helpful. (You are right, sadly, but it is tough to maintain perfect grammatical clarity when writing after a long day at work).

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 10, 2008 07:43 PM

Norm: Well, the way I see it, there are plenty of things seemingly less sinister than a suitcase nuke that could cause chaos -- like, say, the collapse of the derivatives market, which is worth $100 trillion in the US alone. Best not to think about such things, though.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 10, 2008 07:53 PM
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