Since Tuesday night's presidential debate, with the polarized feeling confident about their candidate, we reflect on the quotations of political sage Will Rogers from the 1930s, most of which resound in the 21st Century.|
Rogers coined the phrase, "The best politicians money can buy."
If alive today, the statement would really be solid since the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision with billions being spent on the presidential race, and even outside PACs spending over $5 million in West Virginia state races, half of which is to defeat Darrell McGraw, an "evil doer" who has frequently sued the big corporations for their wrong-doing to the people of West Virginia.
Enjoy Mr. Rogers:
•"I'm not a member of any organized political party.... I'm a Democrat... Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they'd be Republicans."
•"There is only one redeeming thing about this whole election. It will be over at sundown, and let everybody pray that it's not a tie, for we couldn't go through with this thing again.
."Both gangs have been bad sports, so see if at least one can't redeem themselves by offering no alibis, but cooperate with the winner, for no matter which one it is, the poor fellow is going to need it.
. "So cheer up. Let's all be friends again. One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect whether you want him or not. That's why we call it democracy."
•"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..."
•"This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation."
•"When you straddle a thing it takes a long time to explain it."
•"America has the best politicians money can buy."
•"Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees."
•"Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they're doing. Amen."
•"We cuss Congress, and we joke about 'em, but they are all good fellows at heart, and if they wasn't in Congress, why, they would be doing something else against us that might be even worse."
•"Now these fellows in Washington wouldn't be so serious and particular if they only had to vote on what they thought was good for the majority of the people in the U.S. That would be a cinch. But what makes it hard for them is every time a bill comes up they have things to decide that have nothing to do with the merit of the bill. The principal thing is of course: What will this do for me personally?"
•"The "Ways & Means Committee" is a committee that's supposed to find the Ways to divide up the Means."
•"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."
•"Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement."
•"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."
•"A president just can't make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on."
•"The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt where money is concerned. It's only in the amount where the Republicans excel."
•"Their greatest trait to recommend the Democrats is optimism and humor. You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one."
•"There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can't stand him quite that long."
•"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously, and the politicians as a joke, when it used to be vice versa."
•"Many a politician wishes there was a law to burn old records."
•"A politician is just like a pickpocket; it's almost impossible to get one to reform."
•"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."
•"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you."
•"A Republican moves slowly. They are what we call conservatives. A conservative is a man who has plenty of money and doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't always have plenty of money. A Democrat is a fellow who never had any, but doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't have some."