Ken Elston
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POLITICAL HUMOR

Laughter really is the best medicine. I have been getting a few chuckles reminding people that there are a few of us who would do just about anything for Manassas and the neighbors we love. Some of us would even run for City Council.

As we make that run, it is important that we do not lose a sense of fun and adventure in meeting challenges along the way. We have to keep a sense of humor. Others have kept their humor, and we do well to remember.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” -Mark Twain

We use the word “politics” to describe the process so well.
”Poli” in Latin meaning “many” and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”.

“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a [politician] by his age, only by his works. And, ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” –Ronald Reagan

Statesmen tell you what is true even though it may be unpopular. Politicians will tell you what is popular, even though it may not be true.

“My esteem… has gone up substantially. It is so nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” –Jimmy Carter

A political pollster knocked on the door and a sour-faced lady answered. ‘What party does your husband belong to?’ he asked.

The lady responded curtly, “I, sir, am the party he belongs to.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” –John Kennedy

And a quote I hold dear because it is a good rule of thumb in all circumstances:

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by ignorance.” – I first heard this attributed to Thomas Jefferson (probably not in a conversation with Ronald Reagan). Since then, I have heard this attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Heinlein, and Robert Hanlon. In any case, never assuming bad intent is a good practice. Let’s try and be clear, truthful, patient, and, for goodness sake, keep a sense of humor.

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Double-checked my memory for the quotes at About.com and found some of the jokes there, too.

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