These ten quotes by Mark Twain and other Americans on our politics are but a small selection. Americans have been watching, observing, and commenting on their politicians for several hundred years. As yet, there are very few positive offerings, for most appear (how extraordinary!) to doubt the actual effectiveness of our elected officials to uphold the principles of our Founding Fathers.
As July 4th approaches, here are a few observations that struck me as relevant today, in this election year, suggesting that our candidates would do well to remember the people at least half the time (instead of themselves all the time) when they set up their eager agendas.
Some American Classics
“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” –Mark Twain
“The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.” –Will Rogers
“I love to go to Washington, if only to be near my money.” –Bob Hope
“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” –Mark Twain
“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when a baby gets hold of a hammer.” –Will Rogers
“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” –Ronald Reagan
“Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.” –Caroline Baum
“If his IQ slips any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day.”
–Molly Ivins, about a member of Congress
“Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.” –Will Rogers
“We have the best Congress money can buy.” –Mark Twain