Monday, 18 August 2008

Some thoughts on politics and politicians

  • Politics, n.: from the Latin poly meaning many, and ticks meaning small blood-sucking objects.
  • Politician, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organised society is reared. When he wriggles, he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, the politician suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
    - Ambrose Bierce
  • A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows, we need more statesmen.
    - Anonymous
  • Politics is the business of getting power and privilege without possessing merit.
    - PJ O'Rourke
  • What is any political campaign save a concerted effort to turn out a set of politicians who are admittedly bad and put in a set who are thought to be better. The former assumption, I believe is always sound; the latter is just as certainly false. For if experience teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
    - HL Mencken
  • Getting a lecture on morality from a politician is like getting a lecture on chastity from a whore.
    - Perry de Havilland
  • There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else.
    - Thomas Sowell
  • Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
    - Mark Twain
  • The world will be a freer place when the last politician is strangled with the guts of the last bureaucrat.
    - paraphrased from Voltaire
  • It is truly a triumph of rhetoric over reality when people can believe that going into politics is 'public service,' but that producing food, shelter, transportation, or medical care is not.
    - Thomas Sowell
  • There were two squashed corpses out on State Highway One near Mangaweka. One is a
    dead possum, the other a dead politician.
    What's the difference? There are skid marks before the possum.
  • If an intelligent politician, an intelligent woman and the Easter Bunny got into a lift and discovered a ten dollar note lying on the floor, who would pick it up? The intelligent woman, of course. The other two don't exist.
  • What happens to a politician who jumps out of an aircraft as 35,000 feet without a parachute? Be honest - who really cares?

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant, Peter; just brilliant.

    If there will be any tradgedy of a Libertarian state, it will be that it's politicians (or statesmen), having been constitutionaly confined to their legitimate duties, will be (choke) respected.

    The thought makes my flesh crawl.


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