Politics

Spotted in The Independent today (which incidentally has a much needed refresh of it’s website):

“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

If, like me, you’ve never heard of him, there’s an interesting description here:

But above all, Ameringer was funnyLife and Deeds of Uncle Sam: A little History for Big Children (1909) sold over half a million copies, and his autobiography, If You Don’t Weaken (1940) is a joy to read.  It’s available on Google Books here.  His views on politics are thoughtful, cynical, gentle and astute, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

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2 Responses to Politics

  1. lazarusdodge says:

    I find it interesting that the opinions of political behavior has remained the same for decades (centuries?), yet nothing ever changes. 🙂

  2. David Pottinger says:

    My thoughts exactly 🙂

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