The Herndon process developed and tested a strategic initiative that includes the core elements of the Health care for america proposal. the research found that this approach had very strong support from all voters: 8 on a scale of 10. "Base" voters, defined as those who strongly support the value of universal health care, gave it a , while three key swing constituencies rated it from to . The study found that this approach was sturdy when voters were presented with some of the expected attacks on it. For example, each swing voter group favored access to a guaranteed affordable health plan and the choice to use a private plan, despite the argument that requiring such a choice will push people into inferior public plans. In addition, respondents expressed only mild concern that choice and quality of health care would decline, less than usually seen with universal health care proposals.
Hunter S. Thompson 's Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist , which contains hundreds of private letters written by Thompson over the years, contains a letter in which he uses A Modest Proposal' s satire technique against the Vietnam War . Thompson writes a letter to a local Aspen newspaper informing them that, on Christmas Eve, he was going to use napalm to burn a number of dogs and hopefully any humans they find. This letter protests against the burning of Vietnamese people occurring overseas.
Swift’s discussion, in Section Eight, of wind as inspiring (humorously comparing wind to a “belch”) is meant to suggest the nature of religious inspiration, which causes one to reinterpret Scripture or challenge the status quo. “A Digression Concerning Madness” is similarly separate from the main story; its separation, as well as the pieces missing from the text, highlight the very frantic “madness” about which Swift is writing; it is as though the writer himself is mad—unable to return to his main story, unable to present a complete text.