June 1, 2023

Curmudgeon Corner


cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]
1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.
2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: GOVERNMENT

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Winston Churchill

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” Abraham Lincoln

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Thomas Jefferson

“We have the best government that money can buy.” Mark Twain

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Thomas Paine

“If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ what is the opposite of ‘progress’?” Paul Harvey

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.” Andrew Jackson

“The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.” Milton Friedman

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.” Tom Stoppard

“Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.” William E. Gladstone

“Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” Sydney J. Harris

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” Theodore Roosevelt

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