Jeff Dorris

Deliberations from Dorris

Jeff Dorris is the Editor of the Delta Dunklin Democrat


Timeless Wisdom

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Thereís a lot I could say about our politicians right now, but in honor of Missouriís Bicentennial year, I believe Iíll let one of our own native sonís do the talking.

Hereís some timeless wisdom from Mark Twain.

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

Always tell the truth. That way you donít have to remember what you said.

To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to ensure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

No manís life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislation is in session.

In religion and politics peopleís beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

Amen, brother.

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopt.

And finally, the government is merely a servant-merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isnít. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

Wise, wise, wise.

Mr. Twain your thoughts are still relevant today.

I couldnít have said it better myself.

See you out there.

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