Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Finding Humor in Politics

I have two very special friends who are celebrating their birthdays today.  Both of these fellows are a few years older than I am, but they have befriended me anyway, knowing that I’ll soon catch up with them!  

This morning I was all worked up over the political scene.  How I wished I could be with either Pete or Bill to rant and rave a bit.  (Friends put up with one’s rants and ravings—at least for a little while).   Unfortunately they both live some distance away.  So I turned to another friend (among my many friends) in my library—a fellow named Will Rogers.  Born in 1879, William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was a genuine cowboy, humorist, social commentator and movie star. He died in an airplane accident in 1935.  Together, Will and I “talked politics” this morning—and we ended up laughing!  Will Rogers is good company when it comes to discussing politics.

— "Democrats never agree on anything, that's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they'd be Republicans.”
—"This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation.”
—"We all joke about Congress but we can't improve on them. Have you noticed that no matter who we elect, he is just as bad as the one he replaces?”
The mighty oceans "laugh" at the shoreline.
—"A president just can't make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on.”
—"The difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the Democrat is a cannibal. They have to live off each other, while the Republicans, why, they live off the Democrats.”
—"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.”
—"A Republican moves slowly. They are what we call conservatives. A conservative is a man who has plenty of money and doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't always have plenty of money. A Democrat is a fellow who never had any, but doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't have some.”

As Will Rogers says, "I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything that is not based on truth."  So, I’m laughing today—hopefully, I can talk with Will again tomorrow and continue to laugh and not cry!

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