"To treat elocution as a substitute for action, to rely on highsounding words unbacked by deeds is proof of a mind that dwells only in the realm of shadow and of shame."
Said by Theodore Roosevelt about Woodrow Wilson in 1915. But for a the use of a couple of anachronistic words, it could have been spoken today, don't you think? Perhaps even about, say, Senator Obama?
It never ceases to amaze how the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you're a student of history it's somewhat comforting to know that things are seldom as bad as they seem, because there's very little that we haven't already experienced before. (Of course, it's also true that some of those experiences didn't turn out very well.) It is depressing, however, to realize that for all that history, we don't ever seem to learn much from it.