Some light weekend contempt

Our Democracy?

 Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russel Lowell

 

Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1909 – 14

 

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H.L. Mencken, 1916

Jacob Zuma?

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

Simon Cameron, 1860

  

Cosatu?

It is a general error to suppose the loudest complainer for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

Edmund Burke – 1769

 

Hlope?

A judge is a lawyer who once knew a politician.

Anonymous

 

Steve Tswete?

A horrible voice, bad breath, and a vulgar manner – the characteristics of a popular politician.

Aristophanes

 

Obama?

Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organising and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

David Broder, in the Washington Post, 1973

 

Polokwane?

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

The SACP?

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

Albert Camus, The Rebel, 1955

 

The DA?

What a liberal really wants is to bring about change that will not in any way endanger his position.

Stokeley Carmichael

 

(From the Cassel Dictionary of Cynical Quotations – Jonathan Green; Cassel, 1994)

 

5 thoughts on “Some light weekend contempt

  1. These are so true, but are there no good guys? Write a post where you tell us who the good guys are (Yes, I know, it might turn out to be a short one.)

    1. I think I am due a little sunshine and light … after all, my first contention about the “new management” of the party and the country is that they are essentially better than the last lot and infinitely better than the pre-1994 gangsters. I’ll post a proper response in the next 2 days.

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