Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.
Never assume the obvious is true.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
I think we have a need to know what we do not need to know.
Your column is a pack of damn lies, a reader wrote to William Safire about a political piece he did in the New York Times.Brushing aside the stern criticism, Safire immediately debated whether it should be damn, the way it sounds, or damned, as the past participle of the verb, to damn. The ed on some words is simply slipping away, he points out. We're seeing more barbecue chicken, whip cream and corn beef. His conclusion: Ears are sloppy and eyes are precise; accordingly, speech can be loose but writing should be tight.
To know your place is a good idea in politics.
That is not to say stay in your place or hang on to your place, because ambition or boredom may dictate upward or downward mobility, but a sense of place -- a feel for one's own position in the control room -- is useful in gauging what you should try to do.