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 funny. Life 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.