The best definition of a politician is “incumbent”. That word is derived from the Latin and means “to lean down”. The reason is evident. Politicians are those who seek to lie on a chaise, lean their head on one hand and eat grapes with the other. I have a picture of a Roman politician doing just that.
In fact, politicians seek to enjoy the fruits of other people's labor by imposing taxes on those who work so that politicians don’t have to work but live on the taxes collected by the brutal IR(S?).
The story is told that a bartender loudly proclaimed to all the men in the bar that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could squeeze a lemon dryer than he could. Now the bartender was 6.5ft tall and weighed 240 lbs. He cut a lemon in two and squeezed each part in one fist until both sides seemed absolutely dry. He challenged any man to squeeze more out of that lemon when a 5ft. fellow, weighing 105 lbs., said in a squeaky voice: “I want to try. Give me the lemon.” The bartender and all the men ridiculed the little fellow. “I'll suck you in and spit you out” shouted the big bartender. But the little guy insisted and so he was given both parts of the lemon. He squeezed, and six more drops came out of each side. The men in the bar were stunned. The bartender shouted: “How is this possible? You are so small. How could you squeeze even more out of that lemon?” “I am an IRS agent,” revealed the little guy.
Politicians are not necessarily running for public office or are incumbents of such an office. There are politicians in every place of employment who collect the rewards of other people's work. There are politicians in voluntary organizations who are eternally “elected’ to various offices, needed or not.
Politicians everywhere have one skill in common. They know that “making friends and influencing people” as Dale Carnegie called it, is more profitable than working for a living.
Politicians view the “rabble” who vote as non-persons. Politicians know nothing about us. Ask a politician what a gallon of milk, a pound of hamburger or a loaf of bread costs. They don’t know and don’t want to know. Politicians have no idea what it means to go to work every day and support a family with an average American income, i.e. $45,000 a year. The “average” American family has two children. Can any politician live on that money with four people? Of course not. Nor do they need to do so. They can always raise taxes and live at our expense.
Politicians cannot tell the truth. They are as obnoxious liars as are the reporters employed by the media who either cannot tell the difference between myth and reality or lie deliberately.
The media hounds construct “much ado about nothing” as evidenced by the constant screaming about the Iowa and New Hampshire “primaries”. These small states make no difference. Yet, the media ranters bicker about these political circuses on and on and on in an endless repetition of the same baseless “predictions”. It appears that those who become professional “journalists” must first prove that they know nothing, don’t want to know anything and can’t learn that things are not what they seem.
All told, we, the three hundred million of us who are neither politicians nor media goons need to make this political entertainment less profitable by refusing to watch that nonsense on TV or buying newspapers which aren’t worth a nickel, let alone fifty cents.
Nevertheless, we are reminded of Winston Churchills dictum: “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others.”