By Ted Rueter
Ted Rueter panders to Democratic celebration strains by means of gathering 370 oratorical guffaws credited to renowned politicians. labeled in alphabetical order and provided by means of topic subject, the quips include:
Forgiveness: "In the Bible it says they requested Jesus what percentage occasions we should always forgive, and he acknowledged seventy occasions seven. good, i need you to understand that I'm protecting a chart." --Hillary Rodham Clinton
Me: "I am Al Gore, and that i was the subsequent president of the USA of America." --Al Gore
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The kings struck bargains with the new, emerging urban bourgeoisies to limit the power of the landed nobility and to pursue policies favorable to trade and manufacturing, in return for financial support for the Crown. These states increasingly resembled commerce-based Italian city-states more than warrior kingdoms, although Portugal, in particular, never entirely abandoned elements of the Reconquest mind set. The kings of Portugal began the modern-day overseas expansion of Europe with the capture of Ceuta on the coast of North Africa in 1415 from Islam.
The surplus they produced supported specialists such as court artisans, a military or priestly class, or a state bureaucracy whose job it was to work full time for the general well-being. These systems typically involved reciprocal obligations and benefits, and for the mass of the population the very act of generating the surplus reinforced their commitment to society. The early Spanish reported, for example, that pre-conquest Andean peasants had gone "joyfully" to work the Inca's lands. Where, on the other hand, the people doubted the legitimacy of the demands made upon them or saw these as exploitative, the relationship could be tense and might even become dependent on open coercion.
But no one knew this yet. For another two hundred years entradas (exploratory expeditions) pushed back the fringes of empire, repeating the hardships if rarely the successes of the first generation. War and armed domination unquestionably were work, and the Spanish were their sixteenth-century masters. Despite the undoubted attractions of conquest, the Spanish did not shun peaceful trade and commerce as paths to riches. What those with social aspirations did avoid was direct involvement in artisan work or retail trade, though they were usually willing to rent property for this purpose and even to be silent partners in small-scale commercial enterprises.