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 Post subject: If by whiskey
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:50 pm 
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The "if by whiskey" logical fallacy, as it has come to be known, is supposedly named for the speech given by a Mississippi lawmaker named Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, jr. in 1952. Clearly a master of rhetoric, I have always been amused by this speech.


    "My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

    If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

    But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

    This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise."

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 Post subject: Re: If by whiskey
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:23 pm 
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I have recited that speech on numerous occasions, including one GOTC, I believe. One of the great pieces of oratory in the history of the English language, far surpassing anything FDR or any 20-21st Century American orator ever said and better than anything ever out of England that wasn't written by Billy Shakespeare.


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 Post subject: Re: If by whiskey
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:56 pm 
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Doug, I am sure your reciting this fine speech, did it justice; however it was made to role from Mr. Newton's lips. My stand will not be compromised even though Mr. Newton is a bourbon man I believe....


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 Post subject: Re: If by whiskey
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:03 pm 
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I now appreciate the "spring in the old gentleman's step" part more than I used to.


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