I recently saw the movie The Hangover. The funniest bit of the movie, for me, was how the Chinese mobster kept laughing at injuries that befell the fat bearded character and exclaiming “It’s funny because he’s fat”. Being a person of considerable heft myself, I enjoy a good fat joke now and again. And as you know if you read this blog with any regularity, politics is a bit of a hobby of mine. Therefore, I happily submit the following combined political and fat joke for your enjoyment.
I can’t remember when I first stumbled across this one…but it’s a doozy.
“He is a man with a gun. He is a killer, a slayer. Patient and gentle as he is, he is a slayer. Self-effacing, self-forgetting, still he is a killer. . . All the other stuff, the love, the democracy, the floundering into lust, is a sort of by-play. The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” — D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (1923)
Eisenhower’s speech to the troops:
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on
other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war
machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of
Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions
of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.
SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Since I’m currently reading The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon, I thought that I would do a post of quotes about and from the Anglosphere.
“God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.”– Russell Crowe
“Seldom have so few done so much for so many” – Winston Churchill
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will Lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” – William Somerset Maugham
“None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.” – John Milton
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine
Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d
From wandering on a foreign strand?
Sir Walter Scott
Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Beloved over all.
“A politician’s words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.”
“A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible ‘lifestyles’ turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind.”
“Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.”
“As advertising blather becomes the nation’s normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.”
“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”
“Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one’s friends.”
“Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.”
“Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.”
“Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.”
“If you seek [Alexander] Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.”
“If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.”
“In the lexicon of the political class, the word “sacrifice” means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.”
“Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.”
“Pessimism is as American as apple pie – frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.”
“Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.”
“Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.”
“Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout ‘Bang!'”
“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.”
“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.”
“The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.”
“There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.”
“Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes.”
“Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.”
“World War II was the last government program that really worked.”