Understanding Politics

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J. Holmes, in Author Piper Bayard’s fine blog, keeps us all up to date on current events and international affairs, but that doesn’t inform us about the politics that go on behind those events. I thought I’d correct that by sharing some political wisdom with you. I think Will Rogers once said that politics is like the weather—everyone talks about it, but no one ever does anything about it. Maybe the wisdom shared by various people below will shed some light on that.

* The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII

* We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop

* If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~Will Rogers

* Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato

* Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ~Nikita Khrushchev

* When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

* Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author Unknown

* If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno

* Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

* A politician is a fellow who will lay down YOUR life for his country. ~ Texas Guinan

* Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal

* I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~Charles de Gaulle

* Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson

* Don’t vote, it only encourages them. ~Author Unknown

This all brings up a new word and its definition, which I found in another email:

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

I hope I’ve contributed to your education about politics this morning. I know you’ll find the wisdom in this piece invaluable.


clip_image001[4]David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. Since his retirement from insurance a few years ago, he has devoted his time to helping Kristen Lamb start Warrior Writers’ Boot Camp and trying to learn to write a successful novel himself.


About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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18 Responses to Understanding Politics

  1. haha.. great quotes, David. I loved Political Science! I think Plato nailed it on the head.

    Great post, David.


  2. Great list. The funny thing is that some of these are so true they’re not even funny anymore …



  3. When I was younger, I thought that politician and prostitution were the same thing (the words sounded the same to little me, so they must mean the same right?). I grew up and found out I was right all along!


  4. Marcia says:

    Great quotes, David! I think Will Rogers was one of the most wise men. And I love the one…”Don’t vote. It will only encourage them.” Thanks, David!


  5. Christy says:

    Hi David, I enjoyed the variety of the political quotes. Some are serious and others poke fun but may actually be true!


  6. Now this is one political post I’m happy to read and support! 😉 Too bad you weren’t my poli-sci teacher back in the day.


  7. Well, like politics in general, that was completely depressing … but at the same time quite hilarious. Thanks!


  8. susielindau says:

    I like “Don’t vote. It only encourages them.” Thanks for the Monday morning giggle David!


  9. Well this hasn’t clarified a thing, Sir. It seems you are still avoiding the issues. Hey wait… Ever considered politics? 😉


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