Looking Back July 29

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Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

As the polls prepare to open for voters to have their say in the selection of politicians, here is a look back at what has been said about the subject though the years.

• A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. - H.L. Mencken

• I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat. - Will Rogers

• In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

• In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. - George Orwell

• A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. - Harry S. Truman

• What is the primary purpose of a political leader? To build a majority. If voters care about parking lots, then talk about parking lots. - Newt Gingrich

• While history never repeats itself, political patterns do. - Eric Alterman

• I must say acting was good training for the political life which lay ahead for us. - Nancy Reagan

• I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. - Ronald Reagan

• If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.’ - Lyndon Johnson

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

• And political parties, overanxious for vote catching, become tolerant to intolerant groups. - Wendell Willkie

• Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. - Bill Clinton

• I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. - Adlai E. Stevenson

• If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

• Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting. - Martin Sheen

• My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers. - Jimmy Carter

• Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. - Doug Larson

• Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. - Winston Churchill

• Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. - George Washington

• An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. - Albert Einstein

• The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. - Ernest Hemingway

• Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes. - George Bernard Shaw

• Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

• Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for ‘That One.’ And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn’t think I’d ever run for president. - Barack Obama

• Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. - Groucho Marx

• A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. - Barry Goldwater

• No man is free who depends on his government for his sustenance, job, home, or hope. - John Perkins

• Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for a President. One hopes it is the same half. - Gore Vidal

• A politician thinks of the next election - a statesman of the next generation. - James Freeman Clarke