Lasting Sound Bites

“Go get a job, right after you take a bath.”

-Newt Gingrich 

A friend’s quote dealing with the dangers of historically high income inequality inspired me to check other quotes that apply. He used the quote, “The palace is in danger when the cottage is unhappy.”

I don’t know to whom to attribute the “cottage” quote , but I came across another one that applies to our current social unrest situation that is attributed to Thomas Carlyle, Victorian-era Scottish author and philosopher. He said, “A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.”   Thomas Carlyle

When I saw that one, I had to reflect on the Newt Gingrich quote that has been played over and over on the cable news channels. He said the Occupy Wall Street protesters should, “Go get a job, right after you take a bath.”
That quote, which drew loud applause from the audience attending a Republican presidential primary candidate’s debate, triggered a lot of angry comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, with panelists calling it “arrogant” and “disgusting” from an hypocritical one-percenter who took over a million dollars from Freddie Mac.
How could he use such nasty rhetoric about the  protesters and not address at all the issues that are causing their protests, some of them wanted to know. But, another one was not surprised at all.  The former U.S. House Speaker has made it clear how he feels about the effectiveness of Republican nastiness.  Check out this Newt quote from Brainey Quotes.
“I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.” 
So, if you want nasty, Newt’s your man.
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2 Responses to “Lasting Sound Bites”

  1. Mike Nichols Says:

    Benjamin Disraeli said something close to “The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy” in a speech at the Crystal Palace, 24 June 1872. Here is an extract from the speech:

    Gentlemen, another great object of the Tory Party is the improvement of the condition of the people… The health of the people is the most important question for a statesman. A leading member denounced these policies the other day as a ‘policy of sewage’. But to one of the labouring multitude of England, it is not a policy of sewage, but a question of life and death… and moreover, the Palace is unsafe if the cottage is unhappy.

    Alas, we have few statesmen of the calibre of Disraeli nowadays. Please forgive the length of this comment, but I believe the following quotation is urgently appropriate to our situation today. It’s from the May 29, 1881 New York Times by an unknown writer. Comparing statesmen and politicians, the author says,

    “We have plenty of politicians, but statesmen are few. Some of our so-called great men turn out to be nothing but politicians. When a man in public life is trying to use public service to secure personal advancement and power; … when his object for himself and his party is simply to control the Government, to direct its power and dispense its favors, regardless of great purposes of public good or national progress, he is to be set down as a politician and not as a statesman. There is no doubt that the methods which have prevailed for more than a generation … have had the effect of breeding politicians and giving the ablest of them a sort of factitious greatness, while they have tended to keep men with the qualities of statesmanship out of public life.”

  2. Bob in exile Says:

    So here we are 48 years after the Kennedy assassination and we are still kept in the dark. The freedom of information act is worthless if they give you a document that is blacked our except for a few words, I guess they’re waiting for everyone that was around in ’63 to die.
    Anyway I’m getting off the track… I really came to say something about Newt… I never could stand him.. I always thought he had no scruples… but even the devil can be right sometimes of course even when a person, specially a politician, says something that sounds morally correct, I suspect that they have ulterior motives.
    He said.. .” ïts not right to tear apart familiues”… He was talking about deporting undocumented workers who had children and wives in the states some who had lived here for 25 years are more.
    And he’s right at least about that…there’s something immoral and xenophobic about the situation. I can sympathize with someone who’s crime was trying to work so they could support their family.
    They are not terrorists. The Immigration problem has been shoved under the rug for a long long time… When they were needed during the 2nd WW they were sort of welcome except even then they were subject to racist ostrasizing. Mexicans or Hispanic speaking people (seems like Americans like to paint any Latino as a Mexican) , are being used as a political ploy to get votes . And it’s a smokescreen. We really need to be worrying about politicians lining their pockets with taxpayers money. I could go on and on about this but don’t think anyones listening… as someone once said…You are going to get what you deserve.
    Anyway Newt is making his play and I don’t think his fellow conservatives are going to like it. Sorry America…You have no one decent to vote for… Frank and Harry are gone…they were the last…only a miracle can save us now.

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