I have been thinking and wondering if you could describe Washington, DC using “colloquialisms and witticisms” and have decided to venture into that endeavor with both feet. Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” The truth of that image is so painful it is inescapable and the humor this endeavor affords, where it not for the painfulness, is almost endless. In fact, humorist, have been making a living of doing just that for years and it is an incredibly successful practice.
The old rancher that I talked to some time back said about most of the politicians in Washington that “if brains were electricity, they wouldn’t have enough power to light a firefly.” He then said, most of them were so dumb or acted so dumbly that “they could not find their behinds with both hands and a road map.” He said that they have an IQ lower than their shoe size. While I doubt that some of the things they do if you were to grade them on the ignorance scale you I am convinced you would have to use negative numbers. He said of the President and some of his recent actions that “he’d screw up a two-car funeral procession.” He said that the way those in Washington have been acting for a long time caused him to think that if you were to put their brains on the edge of a razor blade it would be like putting a pea on a six lane highway. Needless to say, He was not impressed with Washington politics or politicians.
Napoleon once said, “In politics stupidity is not a handicap” and I believe he is painfully correct for it seems that the more ignorance is exhibited by politicians the more electable they become for many. P.J. O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” That is not just a witticism it is absolute truth!
Henry Cate VII said, “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” Aesop said, “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Plato declared, “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who were dumber.” Even the Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev understood and said, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.” Clarence Darrow brought it even closer to home when he said, “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.” John Quinton described politicians and politics accurately saying, “Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnels.” Charles de Gaulle, the French leader said, “I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Doug Larsen breathed some reality saying, “Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it’s better to change the locks.”
The sad reality is politics, as conducted by politicians, is an exercise that results in bigger government, more restrictiveness at the federal level, hindrance of the free market, loss of liberty by the people and a clear example of classic failure, ineptness, and inefficiency. If a private company were to run a business the way politicians run the federal government with the ludicrous restrictions and deficit spending they would not last one year. If they treated their customers the way politicians treat WE THE PEOPLE they would find a boycott of their product and/or services over time. I know that some companies actually do treat us like the government does and when you are the only game in town you act like it. The solution, in business, is to stop using their products and/or services and strive to provide a market that will entice someone else to step in and fill the void. However, in government it is not quite that simple. We can’t just boycott the federal government though I would like to. We are stuck with them until WE THE PEOPLE utilize our constitutional right and privilege to CHANGE OUR GOVERNMENT or better RESTORE OUR GOVERNMENT to what it was designed to be and as is described in the Constitution.
Sadly it seems that P.J. O’Rourke was correct when he said, “Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.” Herbert Hoover made an incredibly sad commentary saying, “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the National Debt.” I think that a quote by George Stephanopoulos while Bill Clinton was President fits the bill, “The President has kept all the promises he intended to keep.” That was a truth and a revelation that I doubt he really intended to reveal but it is nonetheless true of ALL POLITICIANS including the current occupant of the White House and both Houses of Congress.
We have a situation that, were it not so dire and serious, would be hilarious but I’m not laughing because it is so serious. It is one thing to joke and another to be one and that is what our political system has become. The ones that suffer the most from the politics of politicians are WE THE PEOPLE. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a change in the lot of them. I want my country, my constitution, and my liberty back!
God bless America and God bless you!