If bureaucrats didn't invent beach volleyball, who did? i ask that question because ever since this summer's Republican National Convention I've been contemplating the moment when Newt Gingrich, in the course of introducing an Olympic volleyballer to the cheering delegates, said, "A mere 40 years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about."

At the time, I refrained from speculating in a disrespectful manner on whether the pantheon of memorable lines by modern American politicians--lines like "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"--would be expanded after this election to...

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