The Best of Will Rogers
Will Rogers was many things -- cowboy, part Cherokee Indian, entertainer and tart observer of the American scene.
From December 1922 until his death in August 1935, he wrote a column about anything that caught his interest. Although the
following comments on government, politics and the state of the nation were made half a century or so ago, they are as timely as
today's newspaper. Some things never change.
I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens and then everybody disagrees.
Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don't hurt anybody. When they do
something is when they become dangerous.
I really can't see any advantage of having one of your party in as President. I would rather be able to criticize a man
than have to apologize for him.
It's no disgrace not to be able to run a country nowadays, but it is a disgrace to keep on trying when you know
It looks to me like any man that wants to be President in times like these lacks something.
They've already started arguing over who will be the speaker at next year's conventions. What they better worry about
is who is going to listen.
There should be a moratorium called on candidates' speeches. From now on, they are just talking themselves out of
A President-elect's popularity is the shortest lived of any public man's. It only lasts till he picks his Cabinet.
The promising season ends on Election Day. That same night, the alibi season begins and lasts for the next four years.
Our government is the only people that just love to spend money without being compelled to, at all. But the government is
the only people that don't have to worry where it is coming from.
Last year we said: "Things can't go on like this!" And they didn't -- they got worse.
In Washington, yesterday, everybody I tried to talk to was a Presidential candidate. Both Houses spent all week arguing
politics. Did you ever figure it out? They are the only people that are paid to do one job and do every other one there is but
Lord, the money we do spend on government, and it's not a bit better than the government that we got for one-third the
money 20 years ago.
This inflation was brought on by the actions of many peoples of the whole world, and its weight will be lifted by the
actions of many peoples of the whole world, and not by a Republican or a Democrat.
With old inflation riding the headlines, I have read till I am bleary-eyed. We are living in an age of explanations, but
no two things that have been done to us have been explained twice the same way, by even the same man.
When it comes to a showdown, Washington must never forget who rules -- the people.
Bryan B. Sterling, The Best of Will Rogers, 1979, Crown
Publishing, Inc., NY, NY.