America's foremost comedian, Will Rogers, was born near Oolagah, Oklahoma on this day in 1897. He often lampooned politics and politicians in his beloved nation--famously saying:
“There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”
“I belong to no organized political party--I’m a Democrat.”
“There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him for just so long. On the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can’t stand him for quite that long.”
“Democrats are the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected to prove it.”
“No party is as bad as its leaders.”
Good reminders as we go to the polls today. Politics is of course important--but, because it is just politics, it is certainly not all important.