UPON Carter's professed Niebuhrianism, the historian Arthur Schlesinger compared Niebuhr's beliefs to Carter's acts and pointed out, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, that the two didn't match.
on any thing directed by the Surveyor General but this being a private journal an opinion can be given without risk of my incurring censure from any--had we yesterday sighted the river we might have had confidence in the direction we have been this day keeping--as it is we are completely like men groping in the dark and are fearful wandering about losing time to no purpose.
all political questions, and to examine and animadvert
upon all political institutions.
Though there was unhappily at New-York ample scope for censure, it is not my wish to animadvert
on the conduct of certain men employed at great saleries, with still greater emoluments of situation, to examine and report the condition of transports, when ordered to take troops on board.
So cut Medicare, kick around the Brady bill and animadvert
Amy Fisher moviews.
These conservatives animadvert
against federal mandates on the states and federal judges who interfere with stale law making, so long as those laws do not clearly contravene the Constitution and are adopted democratically by a majority.
This is what Western commentators are fond of describing as "the cycle of violence"--an easy thing to animadvert
about if you are standing outside it.
But I forbear to animadvert
further on the disgraceful performance of this fons et origo of the new genteelism, as the job has already been done so splendidly by Leon Wieseltier on the back page of The New Republic.