Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ambrose Bierce


As I contemplated the current mess in Washington, my thoughts turned to newspaperman, short-story writer, poet and satirist Ambrose Bierce. What would he have to say about the Congress? Fortunately, we have some insights from him courtesy of his The Devil's Dictionary.

Here is a sampling from The Devil's Dictionary web site:

POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

CONGRESS, n. A body of men who meet to repeal laws.

WALL STREET, n. A symbol for sin for every devil to rebuke. That Wall Street is a den of thieves is a belief that serves every unsuccessful thief in place of a hope in Heaven. Even the great and good Andrew Carnegie has made his profession of faith in the matter.

ECONOMY, n. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow that you cannot afford.

LAWYER, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.

REPRESENTATIVE, n. In national politics, a member of the Lower House in this world, and without discernible hope of promotion in the next.

Please see The Ambrose Bierce Site for additional information on Bierce

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