Reflecting that I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live, I did not go where I could do no good to you or to myself; but where I could do the greatest good privately to every one of you, thither I went, and sought to persuade every man among you that he must look to himself, and seek virtue and wisdom before he looks to his private interests, and look to the state before he looks to the interests of the state; and that this should be the order which he observes in all his actions.
So I departed, conceiving myself to be superior to them for the same reason that I was superior to the politicians.
And do you know, when these politicians swing wide the doors and come in, with their broad shoulders, their deep chests, and their generous stomachs which cannot help making them optimists and masters of life, why, you perk right up.
It was during this period, when the politicians went their saloon rounds, that I was getting bitter bits of education and having illusions punctured--I, who had pored and thrilled over "The Rail- Splitter," and "From Canal Boy to President.
Well, on this night, broke, thirsty, but with the drinker's faith in the unexpected drink, Nelson and I sat in the Overland House waiting for something to turn up, especially politicians.
But anyway, the politicians who ran it were short of torch-bearers, and anybody who would parade could get drunk if he wanted to.
The politicians have bought the stocks of the saloons.
Now the politicians were too wise to leave the town filled with drunks from the water-front of Oakland.
And the only case when a psycho politician
would calm down and become comprehensible for others is when he is in a confrontation with another psycho politician
who has a more serious condition of mental problems.