The James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916), the Hoosier poet, may have been the first to pen the following lines “When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck. I call that bird a duck.”
In 1964 Cardinal Richard Cushing made a similar reference to the Communist dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro. This was when Castro was still trying to pass himself off as a freedom fighter, instead of the Communist monster he really was.
Someone has humorously called this saying the Duck Test. Actually it is a very
sound form of inductive reasoning. If any person consistently displays a certain
set of behaviors there is a high probability those actions and values will define
that individual. Think about this question in relation to the controversy swirling
about whether President Obama is a Muslim ?
Mr. Obama has consistently in words and deeds sided with the Muslim world. In fact, he usually approves of the Muslim Brotherhood which has openly sworn to destroy this country. The Brotherhood would replace our Constitutional Republic with the capriciousness of a cruel and inhumane Sharia Law.
If it looks a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. There is a high probability that Obama has feathers and webbed feet.
In hoc signo,
COURAGE, the virtue without which all the others are meaningless.