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abstinence

Just to be clear, lest there be any doubt, the saying is, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” not, “abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.” But if you’re at all like me, history won’t let you forget that the second version is patently false. Abstinence is the voluntary forfeiting of something that you might otherwise […]

abstain

To abstain means to intentionally refrain from doing something—including, but not exclusively, voting—when you have a right to do so. Let me say this about that. I believe that, as Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy is […]