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Is there no better icon than Machiavelli? He's important, but maybe a more general icon is available, such as a capitol dome, a crown, or a staff?-- Patrickneil 18:12, 29 November 2006 (UTC)
No better alternative? I chose a picture that was a square, so the template wouldn't be so large. If you choose another image, please make it one that is either a square or a horizontal rectangle. The choice of Leviathan is fine, but its dimensions didn't work well for a stub template. - Justin (koavf)❤ T☮ C☺ M☯ 02:08, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
This is a whimsical "middle of the road" group existing in name only, lazily and hazily devoted to anti-extremism. While created in 1961, it received national attention in 1964 -- the year Republican Presidential nominee Barry Morris Goldwater proclaimed in his convention acceptance speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco:
"I would remind you that extremism is the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
The Webster Quimmley Society is best known for its supposed membership button. The proposed button on the extreme left is made of redwood. On the extreme right -- birchwood. In the middle -- oak!
This whimsical group was the brainchild of a journalism professor, named Dixon Lewis Gayer, of Huntington Beach, California. Quimmley was a fictitious character made up by Gayer to bring humor into his criticisms of the John Birch Society, which originated in Orange County where Gayer moonlighted as a political columnist. He made up a story about Quimmley to make his point. It was so well written, it started a firestorm of response both positive and negative
Here's the story he published in his column: Webster Quimmley was a Midwestern transplant to Orange County. He avoided the freeways in his Essex touring car, but one day he had to go to Los Angeles, and so ventured onto the Santa Ana Freeway. He carefully established himself in the middle lane, then became increasingly frightened as drivers careened by him on both the right and left, cutting him out and shouting epithets at him as they passed. The speed and recklessness of the drivers on both sides of him were so excessive that Quimmley couldn't get off the freeway. So, finally, he simply stopped in the middle of the freeway, stood up in his car, and shouted: "Sanity and Freedom."
The police led Quimmley off the freeway and told him to take surface streets the rest of the way. When Quimmley returned from Los Angeles--shaken but still defiant--he moved back to the Midwest. But his legacy lived on, and in his memory, Gayer suggested founding the Webster Quimmley Society for people who preferred the middle road to the excesses of either right or left.
Reference source: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-11-06/news/li-12863_1_webster-quimmley