07-12-2013   Leave a comment

As much as I dislike writing about politicians and politics, I do love reading information from noteworthy individuals who were either famous or infamous.  When I see good quotations I squirrel them away for later use on this blog. With a beautiful weekend looming I’ve decided to keep things light and to pass a few of them along for your amusement.  In these quotations  attempts have been made to explain exactly what a politician is all about.  My answer for that question  is much harsher than theirs and quite possibly harsher than yours. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did because they seem to have the right idea explained in a more pleasing fashion.

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Successful . . . politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.”

Walter Lippman, The Public Philosophy, 1955

“A politician is . . . trained in the art of inexactitude.  His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.”

Edward R. Morrow, Address, London Guildhall, 10/19/59

“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the new generation.”

James Freeman Clark, Sermon, 1888

“The “press conference” is a politician’s way of being informative without saying anything.  Should he accidentally say something, he has at his side a “press officer” who immediately explains it away by “clarifying” it.”

Emery Kelen, Platypus at Large, 1960

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Does any of this remind you of anyone currently holding office.  I’ll just bet it does.  As much as each generation thinks that everything it does or says is groundbreaking and earth shattering, they’re wrong.  It’s all been done many times before but called something else by the more imaginative politicians and their speechwriters.


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