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Mark Twain's "Corn-pone Opinions"
Selection #3

      A political emergency brings out the corn-pone opinion in fine force

in its two chief varieties -- the pocketbook variety, which has its origin

in self-interest, and the bigger variety, the sentimental variety -- the 

one which can't bear to be outside the pale; can't bear to be in 

disfavor; can't endure the averted face and the cold shoulder; wants

to stand well with his friends, wants to be smiled upon, wants to be 

welcome, wants to hear the precious words, "He's on the right track!"