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.
Being a politician
doesn't necessarily blind one to that, Mrs.
Accordingly I went to one who had the reputation of wisdom, and observed him--his name I need not mention; he was a politician whom I selected for examination--and the result was as follows: When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought wise by many, and still wiser by himself; and thereupon I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me.
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.
You are a great politician
, my queen," said Mazarin; "let us hear the means.
No constitution in the world can offer so much to the politician
who is strong enough and fearless enough.
Even after paying off the local politicians
, the windfall profit is large enough to make the transaction worthwhile.
Countless special interests, no doubt, also appreciate the opportunity to curry favor with powerful politicians