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Mark Twain's "Corn-pone Opinions"
Selection # 4

     Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do; 

but they think with their party, not independently; they read its 

literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, 

but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of

no particular value. They swarm with their party, they feel with their 

party, they are happy in their party's approval; and where the party 

leads they will follow, whether for right and honor, or through blood

and dirt and a mush of mutilated morals.