Random thoughts and quotes for the season

Democratic Devotions

There is a simple answer to all complex problems – it is a wrong answer, but it is simple. – Mark Twain 

Definitions for a stateman:

A dead politician – Ambrose Bierce

One who deceives will always find those who are willing to be deceived. – Machiavelli

An empty bag may stand upright even in a gale but it is empty nonetheless. – Ben Franklin

Liars, damn liars and statisticians. The last is by far the worse. – Mark Twain

Do not forget:

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke

America has a great and noble history – unfortunately, the people often have forgotten it. – Mark Twain

The Lord must have loved common people for that is why there are so many of them. – Attributed to Abe Lincoln

By Ambrose Bierce:

Destiny – a tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. 

Conservative – a statesman who is enamored of existing evils as distinguished from a Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.

Congress – a body of men who meet to repeal laws. 

President – the leading figure in a small group of men of whom and of whom only – it is positively known that immense numbers of their country men did not want them.

Radicalism – the conservatism of tomorrow injected into the affairs of today.

Finally:

Remember today is the tomorrow that yesterday you worried about. – Bob Watson

Be sure you are right, then go ahead. – Davy Crockett

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