>Let us provoke a thought or two ~~~

>Most of us will have grown up with clichés and phrases running through our daily conversations. Some of these I think you will be familiar with.

The writing on the wall cliché: telling us something that is about to happen, something that is obvious.

Example: Can’t you see the writing on the wall! You need to get out of that business.

To pull an all-nighter = to study or work all night. Example: We had to pull an all-nighter to get the work finished on time.

Pearls of wisdom = wise words or advice. Example: I’m not really interested in his pearls of wisdom. He lived in a different period.

Too much of a good thing = generally used when saying that’s impossible to be too happy, or lucky. Example: Enjoy it! You can’t have too much of a good thing.

Then there are the political clichés, statements, jargons and ‘trite phrases’ we tend to hear around election time. Ever hear these ones? (He / she can be interchanged)

Recognise any of these?

He’s his own man. He’s a man of vision. He’s a visionary. She has a clear vision for our future. He’s a man of character. He’s a man of integrity. He’s a man of great moral fibre.

He’s a candidate for the people. She will bring dignity to the office.

She’s running a grassroots campaign. She cares about children and families. She’s demonstrated real leadership. He’ll make a difference in people’s lives. She’s good for the country. He knows what the country needs.

He’s running on his record. Her record on the issues is clear. He’s a voter advocate. The voters know what he stands for. The voters can identify with him. She understands the voters.

She connects with the voters. He’s willing to stand up to the bureaucrats. She won’t back down to the special interest groups.

Now remember folks we have an election looming, so sure as eggs are eggs you are going to be bombarded with politicians, sounding their own trumpets, and attacking other candidates as unworthy. They are also going to be elevating themselves and their political party to ‘heights’ never before imagined (ha!)

See how many of these you can recognise on the evening news:

This country has a proud heritage.
I’ve journeyed into the heartland of Australia/America/ Great Britain.
I’ve met with real Americans/ Australians/ English people.

We are the defenders of freedom around the world.
We’re the leaders of the free world.
We’re the greatest country in the world.
No dream is beyond our reach.

No child will be left behind
We’re one people bound together by a common set of ideas.
Let’s celebrate our diversity.

Pensioners have a rightful place in our society.
We’ll find out how great a nation we can be.
Our country is as strong as it’s ever been.
This country has come a long way.
This country is headed in the right direction.
We’re a better, stronger country than we were three / four years ago.
These are the most peaceful, prosperous times in our history.
Our children are our future.

We still have a lot to do.
We want an end to war.
The real credit goes to the Australian/ British/American people.
The middle-class deserves a tax cut.
It’s time to get tough on crime.

Let’s take back our streets from the criminals.

We must win the war on drugs.
We need affordable health care for all citizens.
We need affordable prescription drugs for seniors.
Are you better off today than you were three/four years ago?
It’s time for a change.
It’s time for a new beginning.
It’s time for real leadership.
We have to go forward together.

And then Folks there are the subtle and not so subtle jokes and phrases, where even if you do laugh, it pays to be reminded that ‘Many a true word is spoken in jest’!

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. Mark Twain

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
Mogens Jallberg

You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

A lot of money is tainted – Taint yours and taint mine.

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.–  George Bernard Shaw

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.– P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. — Voltaire (1764)

And on that final note all I can say (since 1764) seemingly – not a lot has changed.

“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,” — George Santayana
MANY A TRUE WORD IS SPOKEN IN JEST – “Some truths, too painful or too likely to provoke, can be spoken only when the listener has been disarmed by laughter. A proverbial truth known for centuries, this notion was apparently first recorded by Chaucer with the line, ‘A man may seye full sooth (truth) in game and pley,’ from ‘Canterbury Tales’ (c. 1387). In ‘King Lear’ (1605), William Shakespeare wrote, ‘Jesters do oft prove prophets,’ and some years later, essentially the modern version was rendered in the ‘Roxburghe Ballad’ (c. 1665): Many a true word hath been spoken in jest..” From “Wise Words and Wives’ Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New” by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993).
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One Response to >Let us provoke a thought or two ~~~

  1. The Weasel says:

    >Thanks for posting a link on my site. I followed it here, and I like the presentation, but I haven't the time to go through it all. I saw the debate between Hockey and Swan today. I heard Hockey say what the Liberal policy is and it made sense to me. I heard Swan claim he had been fiscally conservative with his spending .. and I wondered when?

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