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that, uh, Senator Mike Mansfield is supposed the kind of man who is the terror of our age? Well, let me put that in its context as well. What I say is, I, I believe that, and what I say is that Senator Mansfield is an American intellectual in the best sense: a sane, reasonable, uh, scholarly man; the kind of man who is the terror of our age.

Yeh.

And that’s essentially what I was saying before. I think that the terror of our age is the, the sane, responsible, serious, quiet man who watches these things unfold and doesn’t react to them. I include myself in that as I made, as I tried to make clear there in the earlier statements.

Mansfield.

Well, if, um, uh, uh, put it this way: your counsel is surely a counsel of despair. Uh, if, on the one hand, you accost us with your own, uh, uh, uh relative moral superiority, and yet end up despising yourself, uh, uh, appealing to scrupulosity, for your own shortcoming, but in this makes, this makes, case, uh, pretty, uh, uh…

Well,

not really, I don’t think, no, I don’t feel any relative moral superiority, and I try— I may have failed— but I tried very hard to express that in the book.

American Terror libretto © Jeffrey Lependorf 2008

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American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

American Terror  

opera libretto by Jeffrey Lependorf based on the 1969 "Firing LIne" television debate between William F. Buckley and Noam Chomsky on America...

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