PROOF THAT SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE: THE GENIUS OF WILL ROGERS
You’ve heard the saying: the more things change, the more they stay the same. To kick off this blog, we offer some classic lines from the pundit of his day, Will Rogers:
- The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it’s been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking.
- Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
- You can’t say civilization don’t advance… in every war they kill you in a new way.
- If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone, “America died from a delusion that she has moral leadership.”
- There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
- Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.
- I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.
- There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators. (Note: If Rogers were alive today, there is no doubt he would have added representatives.)
- Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Our country has got so that each one of us has to live by a “racket” of some kind, and none of us must be too critical of the other fellow’s racket.
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