Happy Friday! This week we saw, once again, the great American experiment in action as we went to the polls. After all the campaigning and advertising and mudslinging elections are over for a little while. So, it seemed like a good time to dust off some political quotes from Will Rogers that cowboy, performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor of yesteryear. Interesting how what he said still seems relevant today.
Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke, when it used to be vice versa.
There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Politics is applesauce.
Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.
We all joke about Congress but we can’t improve on them. Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad as the one he replaces?
Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.
Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?
That’s the trouble with a politician’s life-somebody is always interrupting it with an election.
There ought to be one day– just one– when there is open season on senators.
This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.
Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays.
Our president delivered his State of the Union message to Congress. That is one of the things his contract calls for — to tell congress the condition of the country. This message, as I say, is to Congress. The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the president has to tell ’em.
Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians, and I like to watch both of ’em at play, either back home in their native state, or after they’ve been captured and sent to a zoo, or to Washington.
A fool and his money are soon elected.
Thought for the Week
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. ~H.L. Mencken, 1956
Thanks for posting these. Can’t do better than Rogers, Twain, and Marx (Groucho, that is).