"Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its one sure defense." ~ Mark Twain
Some people today, after sitting through a contentious and some might even say "bawdy" City Council meeting last night, are going to suggest that citizens were wrong in calling out from the crowd and not following guidelines of mannerly decorum at the hallowed halls of City Council Chambers.
Considering that according to Councilman Ralph Manley the sheer presence of citizens coming to a Council meeting last night was "disrespectful" of the Council, I thought this might be a good time to share a few quotes from a master of irreverence...Mark Twain:
"...when you are in politics you are in a wasp’s nest with a short shirt-tail..."
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
"In my experience, only third-rate intelligence is sent to Legislatures to make laws, because the first-rate article will not leave important private interests go unwatched to go and serve the public."
"No one's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."
"Wherefore being all of one mind, we do highly resolve that government of the grafted by the grafter for the grafter shall not perish from the earth."
"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it."
"The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all."
...and oops, one last quote, apply where needed:
"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."