Who's the Wisest of Them All?

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Below are some quotes I believe are relevant and suited to our time. Some famous, some not. But, all worth healthy debate on their applicability to our current state of government and politics. Which do you believe is most relevant?

Politicians pay to stay in office. The People pay if they do. --V.O.I.D.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies. --Groucho Marx

The freshman politician wants to serve the people, but is weak on experience. The veteran politician has experience, but serves reelection. --V.O.I.D.

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. --Plato

There are no dumb voters. Only people who don't vote. --V.O.I.D.

If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. --Abraham Lincoln
(I especially like that one as it hits directly at what modern campaigning is all about).

Only politicians would use other people's money to buy bridges to nowhere. --V.O.I.D.

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. --Hermann Goering

Politicians are living proof of The Peter Principle.

Peter Principle (n.) - The theory that folks will advance in their careers beyond their level of competence, by one promotion too many. And having done so, remain there, screwing everything up for everyone else. --V.O.I.D.

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated. --WIll Rogers

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other. --Oscar Ameringer

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