One-Liner Wednesday — Is Politics Important?


“Being in politics is like being a football coach — you have to be smart enough to understand the game but dumb enough to think it’s important.”

Former U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy

That may have been the case when Eugene McCarthy said it in November 1967, but I don’t think it’s the case any longer. In the era of Donald Trump, it seems that being in politics today doesn’t require understanding the game as much as it does understanding how to change the rules of the game on the fly and to cheat at the game.

And also in the era of Donald Trump, I have learned that politics is, in fact, important. If you don’t think politics is important, look at what the political shenanigans of Donald Trump and his GOP sycophants are doing to the American democracy.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

12 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Is Politics Important?

  1. Ruth June 19, 2019 / 6:01 am

    And whatever you do, don’t cough in the middle of important televised Trump interview, because apparently he doesn’t like it one little bit – makes me want a whole bunch of people to turn up at one of his rallies and cough their hearts out en masse as loudly as possible! 🙂

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    • Fandango June 19, 2019 / 8:11 am

      “makes me want a whole bunch of people to turn up at one of his rallies and cough their hearts out en masse as loudly as possible!” That would be classic!

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  2. H.R.R. Gorman June 19, 2019 / 6:58 am

    I mean, look at who said the original quote – a guy who DEFINITELY believed in politics.

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  3. Sadje June 19, 2019 / 8:47 am

    It is very important to know politics and to be involved too.

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    • Fandango June 19, 2019 / 10:18 am

      According to Grammarphobia, “‘Politics’ can be used with either a singular or a plural verb, depending on your meaning. In general, it’s singular. It’s plural only when it means a particular set of political beliefs.”

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong June 19, 2019 / 8:06 pm

    I think a good quarterback HAS to be a pretty smart guy. He certainly needs to be smarter than more of the a-holes who are supposedly running (or it that ruining?) our country.

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  5. Marleen June 19, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    Politics is important. The most controversial aspect of its existence (as opposed to the specifics) is whether the linguistic signifier for it is singular or plural. Nevertheless, people often complain as if politics is innately bad… due, I think, to forgetting how important it is or what life would be like if we gave it up. This is generally* because the workings can be frustrating (and aren’t always done very well or as well as we’d like); in those ways, we have to try harder to improve (rather than throw in the towel and essentially call for chaos). *Some people cynically aim to convince most other individuals not to bother with or value politics — the better the leniency or neglect to fool you with.

    Our politics are supposed to be how we avoid hapless suffering or physical scuffling or brute force or war in too close to every situation. We come up with rules we can agree on or at least tolerate and see some sense in (and corrections or punishments for harming others or diminishing to each their well-being), and we — hopefully — decide on some positive betterments for society as well… say, a standardized monetary system and base for mathematics and measurement, standards of health care and hygiene and the environment, means of open transportation, civic structure, education.

    [I’ve given this a lot of thought as I was raised with a type of conservative politics leaning toward libertarianism — which too often leads toward anarchy, even if not intended or thought through (which, in turn, usually lands in or is cut off by or is intentionally bypassed by transitioning into authoritarianism or unavoidable dominance by the most ruthless, even if sometimes slick, and the strongest… or fittest… which politics at its best is designed to obviate). I hope that wasn’t too long-winded.]

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  6. Fandango June 19, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    Nope, not too long winded and actually expressed quite well.


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