Today’s M-TOPP: Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians
Mark Twain on Jays and Lying Congressmen
A jay hasn’t got any more principle than a Congressman.
A jay will lie, a jay will steal, a jay will deceive, a jay will betray; and four times out of five, a jay will go back on his solemnest promise. – A Tramp Abroad, 1880
Mark Twain on Party Politics
It is interesting, wonderfully interesting–the miracles which party-politics can do with a man’s mental and moral make-up. Look at McKinley, Roosevelt, and yourself: in private life spotless in character; honorable, honest, just, humane, generous; scorning trickeries, treacheries, suppressions of the truth, mistranslations of the meanings of facts, the filching of credit earned by another, the condoning of crime, the glorifying of base acts: in public political life the reverse of all this. – Letter to Rev. J. H. Twichell 1904
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“Suppose you were an idiot.
And suppose you were a Congressman.
But I’m repeating myself.”
– Mark Twain, A Biography
“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”
“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain
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