A Brief Political Announcement
Posted by adamswife on February 5, 2008
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
– Clarence Darrow
I can’t quite decide whether that is a good thing. I guess it depends on which anybody is elected.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
– Henrik Ibsen
Journalists and politicians seem not to be very popular. I wonder why that is.
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
– Mark Twain
Well said, Mr. Twain. I’ve had similar thoughts from time to time. I’m nearly certain it’s the imbeciles.
George Carlin – the older I get the more I agree with his views. That’s rather frightening. Has he changed or have I?
“Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives itself from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” –from MontyPython and The Quest For The Holy Grail
I can’t help wondering: Which is the bigger farce?
“Politics consists in the art of taking votes from the poor and money from the rich under the pretext of protecting each from the other.” –anonymous
Is, or should, that be our greatest priority? Protecting ourselves from ourselves? Are we not one country united? Do we not all long for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
“The direct use of force is so poor a solution to the problems of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations.” –David Friedman
How different would our world be if we had all learned to “play nice” and to share our toys when we were children? I fear that selfishness may bring about the downfall of our society.
“History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” –Abba Eban
Perhaps there is hope ahead. I think we have just about reached the point of exhaustion. Now we will be forced to behave wisely at last.
I welcome other comments and opinions – political or otherwise. Just, please, remember to be polite and respect the opinions of others.