Elections Sometimes Generate More Heat Than Light

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Well, the election is over at last and I don't mind telling you, I'm glad.

These days, elections generate too much anger and hostility. Good people find themselves on opposite sides of issues. Friendships are sorely tested, sometimes even ruined. TV screens fill with half-truths and outright lies packed into attack ads.

Sometimes, listening to candidates endorsing such tripe, I think the only real winner is Satan because the whole lot of them are bound for perdition.

What do you say we all sit back for a minute, take a deep breath, and remember how lucky we are to live in a country where we have a say about how our government runs, even if most of what we say has to be bleeped out?

And while we're at it, let's enjoy a chuckle by reading what a few people have said about voting, elections, democracy, governments and power.

1960. Bernard Baruch. "Vote for the man who promises the least. He'll be the least disappointing."

1949. Will Rogers. "One of the evils of democracy is that you have to put up with the man you elect."

1947. Winston Churchill. "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other forms we have tried."

1932. Learned Hand. "Even though counting heads is not an ideal way to govern, at least it is better than breaking them."

1897. Mark Twain. "It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have three unspeakably precious things: Freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practice either of them."

1887. Henry Ward Beecher. "The worst thing in the world, next to anarchy, is government."

Feeling a bit better?

No?

OK. Try this statement, one which was apparently made with a straight face:

1647. Baltasar Gracián. "The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good."

Take it from me, if you can read that last one three times over without breaking out in a smile, the recent election has dulled your sense of humor.

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