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Humor Friday

The backdrop: Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky desperately wanted to become the nominee and win the presidential election of 1840. In an effort to appease both sides on the issue of slavery, he sang two songs on the subject depending on his crowd of listeners. On 07 Feb 1839, on the floor of the US Senate, in a speech geared to garner favor with pro-slavery Southerners, Clay proclaimed, “I would rather be right than be president!” To which Speaker of the House Thomas Brackett Reed famously quipped to the senator:

The gentleman need not trouble himself. He’ll never be either.

—Thomas Brackett Reed (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.

—Will Rogers (Public Domain)

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It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

Jackson, Andrew, pd, see attrib

— Andrew Jackson (Public domain)

…and these Privileged Elites exist within all political parties and movements. Perhaps they became members of this class because they were allowed to remain in power for foolish amounts of time. What a brilliant quote, and how fitting that Andrew Jackson is the author. His bombastic style was impugned by elitists, cartoonists, and members of the established ruling class. They reviled him for his attempt to shift power from the ruling class and to where it belonged: the American citizenry.

MSH—Penn Wealth

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I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

Buckley, William F Jr, 1985_PD

— William F. Buckley, Jr (1985, Public Domain)

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If a man would pursue philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.



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Humor Friday

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Marx, Groucho

—Groucho Marx

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The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.

John Paul II

—Pope John Paul II

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You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

Midwestern cornfield below setting sun

—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 25 Sep 1956

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