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A Sane Perspective on Politicians

Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
A Sane Perspective on Politicians#1
Posted: 3/29/08 at 2:45pm
I have grown very weary of the extreme attitudes of mindless adulation ("GO, HILL!", "GO BARACK") or cheap, boring cynicism (you know who you are) which seem to dominate discussion of the current political primaries (particularly on this board). I found a truly sane, balanced, breath-of-fresh-air view on politicians past and present, written in 1935 but still very accurate. Hope you like it:

"THE POLITICIAN" by Ogden Nash

Behold the politician.
Self-preservation is his ambition.
He thrives in the D. of C.,
Where he was sent by you and me.

Whether elected or appointed
He considers himself the Lord's anointed,
And indeed the ointment lingers on him
So thick you can't get your fingers on him.

He has developed a sixth sense
About living at the public expense,
Because in private competition
He would encounter malnutrition.

He has many profitable hobbies
Not the least of which is lobbies.
He would not sell his grandmother for a quarter
If he suspected the presence of a reporter.

He gains votes ever and anew
By taking money from everybody and giving it to a few,
While explaining that every penny
Was extracted from the few to be given to the many.

Some politicians are Republican, some Democratic,
And their feud is dramatic,
But except for the name,

When a politician talks the foolishest
And obstructs everything the mulishest,
And bellows the loudest,
Why his constituents are the proudest.

Wherever decent intelligent people get together
They talk about politicians as about bad weather
But they are always too decent to go into politics themselves and too intelligent even to go to the polls,
So I hope the kind of politicians they get will have no mercy on their pocketbooks or souls.

Dear Ogden. A pity he isn't around today--think what he would have had to say about cell phones, iPods, etc.
I ask in all honesty/What would life be?/Without a song and a dance, what are we?/So I say "Thank you for the music/For giving it to me."
Broadway Legend
Broadway Legend
re: A Sane Perspective on Politicians#2
Posted: 3/29/08 at 2:50pm
"But except for the name,

That's been my opinion for quite some time. Republicrats, the lot of them.