Saturday, June 11, 2005
Ready for some Common Sense?
This is the only portrait for which Rogers ever "sat", showing him in his flight suit. The oil painting is by Count Arnaldo Tamburini.

The following excerpts are from his writings and observations of the human condition. A keen wit and the ability to see the humor in all things concerning mankind continues to endear him to millions of people around the world. Will Rogers is truly a man of all seasons... and of all times.

Will is one of this Republican's Favorite Democrats, and I wish there were more people with his ability to cut right to the chase. One of Will's most often repeated political quotes is "I am not a member of any organized party, I am a Democrat."

I have often wondered why my favorite Democrat gets so little attention today? Could it be he would be a little too truthful for the politicians and media? I would love to see a revival of common sense like Will Rogers possessed. The following statements were just as painful for me to read as it will be for a Democrat.

"No matter how much I may exaggerate it, it must have a certain amount of truth...Now rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth"
"We are here just for a spell and then pass on...So get a few laughs and do the best you can. Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead."
"I don't make jokes, I just watch the Government and report the facts..."
"A diplomat tells you what he don't believe himself, and the man he's tellin' it to don't believe him, so it balances. Diplomats meet and eat, then rush out and wire their Government they've completely fooled the other fella."
"You can always joke good naturedly a big man, but be sure he is a big man before you joke about him."
"We'll show the world we are prosperous, even if we have to go broke to do it."
"...I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain't."
"We can get all lathering at the time over some political campaign promise, or some conference pledge, but if the thing just drags along long enough we forget what it was that was originally promised. The short memories of the American voter is what keeps our politicians in office."
"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous."
"Things in our country run in spite of government. Not by aid of it!"
"It's just got so that 90 percent of the people in this country don't give a damn. Politics ain't worrying this country one tenth as much as parking space."
"We shouldn't elect a President; we should elect a magician."
"If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven."
"Elect 'em for a six-year term; not allow 'em to suceed themselves. That would keep their mind off politics."
"That's one good thing about wars. It takes smarter men to figure out who loses 'em than it does to start 'em...The more ignorant you are the quicker you fight."
"Now if there is one thing that we do worse than any other nation, it is try and manage somebody else's affairs."
"Nobody wants to be called common people, especially common people."
"Lord, the money we do spend on Government and it's not one bit better than the government we got for one third the money twenty years ago."
"Liberty dont work as good in practice as it does in speeches."
"The Income Tax has made more Liars out of American people than Golf has."
"It's not what you pay a man but what he costs you that counts."
"There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in."
"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."
About the Scopes "monkey" trial..."I don't know why some of these states want to have their ancestry established by law. There must be a suspicion of doubt somewhere."
"Our Foreign dealings are an Open Book, generally a Check Book."
"There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something, even when you ain't a thing."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will was a special person, to bad his skill as a co-pilot were not equal to his writing skill

Blogger Lady Mary said...

My fav of the quotes you posted:

"That's one good thing about wars. It takes smarter men to figure out who loses 'em than it does to start 'em...The more ignorant you are the quicker you fight."

Blogger web_loafer said...

I said it was equally hard for me to listen to Will's quotes. Don't forget to read all of his quotes I shared. There is enough pain to go around. Will is still one of my favorite Democrat's. A question LM, name me your three favorite Republicans, your answer will be revealing.

Blogger Lady Mary said...

I only have and Condie Rice. LOL!

Blogger Lady Mary said...

Well, I like Colin Powell, too.

Blogger web_loafer said...

LM, I'm sorry I am only now getting around to answering your nice comment at Sanity's Bluff. To be considered one of your favorite Republicans? I'll take that compliment to the bank....put it in the safety deposit box....because I don't expect many more compliments from you. LOL

Blogger Lady Mary said...

Well, you will get some if you change your ways...LOLOL! Just open your eyes and take a second look....1700 dead. Our boys and girls....and men and women. It just wasn't necessary and it just KEEPS ON GOING me your enemy, web....if that's what I am to you. I won't change on this.

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