The Men in Black (Hats)
A brief reflection on America's Great Orators.
I might be on historically thin ice here, but it seems to me that men with head wear are significantly more likely to be statesman of high rhetorical caliber. Consider...
The authors of the Mayflower Compact were Pilgrims with over-large black hats (lovingly, but most peculiarly adorned with belt buckles).
Ben Franklin enjoyed his coon skin cap.
Thomas Jefferson was partial to the more fashionable colonial triangle, a hat vaguely resembling a wedge of cheddar.
George Washington did not wear a hat per say, but seems to have been fond of the powdered wig.
Abe Lincoln is famous for his black high top hat.
Ronald Reagan liked to wear his cowboy stetson anytime he could get away to his ranch.
Willie Nelson, American orator of another sort, is iconic for the sweatband (which at least qualifies as fashionable headgear).
A clear pattern emerges with an important lesson to be learned: the degree to which one's rhetoric will be immortalized by History is directly proportional to the intensity of one's cranial adornment.
A gross example of the fallacy of selected instance? I think not.