Separation of text and footnote

Actually, Roberta X’s footnotes are better than some people’s articles, and I single out this one for both economy and precision:

The American Revolution can be cast as a kind of dialogue between the Enlightenment/Age of Reason ideas that pushed it and the Great Awakenings that bookended it. From that angle, the Establishment Clause of [the] First Amendment represents a brilliantly common goal: neither party was desirous of a State church. Thus the United States was explicitly made a safe place for believers and nonbelievers of every stripe. This is a delicate balance and has been maintained with varying degrees of elegance and civility though the years. We should fear any politician who feels a mandate to Do Good — especially if he or she believes it was granted by Divine authority.

Not bad for a little over 100 words, if I say so myself, and I do so say.

4 comments

  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    13 October 2015 · 3:59 pm

    ““Remember that God ordained that I should be the next president of the United States. Neither you nor any other mortal or mortals could have prevented this.”

    — Woodrow Wilson, upon learning that he’d been elected president, telling William McCombs, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, that “I owe you nothing.” —

  2. CGHill »

    13 October 2015 · 4:08 pm

    And we all know how Wilson worked out — all except Princeton, anyway.

  3. ETat »

    13 October 2015 · 7:05 pm

    Brilliant.

  4. Roberta X »

    17 October 2015 · 5:36 pm

    Wow! …I didn’t know if anyone had noticed. :)

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