Saturday, July 31, 2010

Don't Make Jokes; Just Watch the Government

Tomorrow, 2 August 2010, our Constituent Assembly sits for a third time to try and elect a new Prime Minister for the country. The incumbent PM, who heads a caretaker government currently, resigned over a month ago. It is unlikely that this 3rd attempt at a new government will bear fruit. There is no consensus among the major political parties. Individual political leaders are merely drooling over the PM's chair. I have actually stopped thinking about this melodrama, a transparent attempt to fool the Nepali People who apparently elected the CA in the hopes of gaining a new constitution and consequently a "New Nepal".

I have a collection of political humour that I kept for just such an occasion like this. I have nothing more to say than to state the "funnies" below. Emphasis in bold are mine:

Giving money and power to government is like giving
whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which
everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
everybody else.
-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and
report the facts.

-Will Rogers

In general, the art of government consists of taking
as much money as possible from one party of the
citizens to give to the other.
-Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!

-Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the
legislature is in session.
-Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.
-Unknown

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with
a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at
the other.
-Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing
of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism
is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects
of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

There is no distinctly Native American criminal
class...save Congress.

-Mark Twain

Amen.

4 comments:

Govind said...

I recently read somewhere that the organizers of the great Gai Jatra festival are planning on suing the politicians for copyright infringement.
They (the politicains) have hijacked the festival and demeaned it.

Anonymous said...

Another great bunch of lovely quotes - on the eve of the 3rd Act of the The Great Loktantrik Farce.

Subodh said...

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Karl Marx

Akashbhairab said...

Everyone caught up by our present politics and missing out on a proper education ( for example the young members of the political parties) will look back 5 or 10 years later and realize the joke was really on them as many may have nothing to show for all this hullabaloo.