Political Funnies Through The Ages


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The government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling threats have draw attention all over the country, actually all over the world. Politics is crazy no  matter where you reside. With that in mind, my good friend Dave Levenstein, based in Johannesburg South Africa sent these political observations from his corner of the globe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. You'll see from the authors that being dysfunctional is an age-old part of the the definition of politics.

* 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 political 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

* I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. - Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

* 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

* There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. - Will Rogers