1835: “It will therefore happen that the less constituents have to expect from their representative, the more they will anticipate from him; and, however incompetent he may be, they will not fail to call upon him for signal exertions, corresponding to the rank they have conferred upon him.”
2012: “I don’t think anyone equates the polysyllabic nature of your words as a substitute for intellect,” South Carolina Representative Rick Mulvaney said. “Hemmingway wrote very clearly and concisely. Faulkner did not. It does not mean either was smarter than the other.”
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