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Thursday, July 2, 1998

Projects & Politics
(Take It To Heart)

The Six Official Steps In A Project

1. Enthusiasm
2. Disillusionment
3. Panic
4. Search for the guilty
5. Blame the innocent
6. Reward the uninvolved

A Word or Two on Politics

It is the greatest ability to be able to conceal one's ability. -- La Rochefoucauld

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator. -- Edward Gibbon

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you the opportunity to commit more. -- Mark Twain

Thou dost not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.
-- Count Axel Oxenstierena

Every country has the government it deserves. -- Joseph de Maistre

I resolve to be optimistic about the future -- if there is one. -- Anonymous Politician

You can never plan the future by the past. -- Edmund Burke

Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
-- Will Rogers

If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.
-- Charles F. Kettering

The accusations really say more about the condition of the accusers than that of the accused.
-- Roderick MacLeish

I never got in trouble for what I never said. -- Calvin Coolidge

I have no ambition beyond my present stepping stone. -- Phil Sorenson

And, just a final word to the wise...

In all levels of politics, there is a reverse intensifier that is always worth remembering: the smaller the arena, the harsher the poltics. On the largest and global arena, more often than not, things are poised as high-minded and positive. "Let the word go forth..." "Lend me your ears..." "We have nothing to fear but fear itself..." These are the sort of things we hear from great world leaders.

But, as the arenas grow smaller, the self-serving rhetoric intensifies, along with interpersonal brutality. And, in the smallest ring, where the participants are face to face, belly to belly, it is always the most vicious. Local politics, which all politics may ultimately be, it is definitely a blood sport. Sad to say. And no one gets out unscathed and unscarred. So, for all interested parties, mark this: you should be prepared for the worst when you go into politics. As the poet said:

I to my perils
Of cheat and charmer
Came clad in amour
By stars benign;

Hope lies to mortals
And most believer her,
But man's deceiver
Was never mine.

The thoughts of others
Were light and fleeting,
Of lovers' meeting
Of luck or fame;

Mine were of trouble
And mine were steady,
So I was ready
When trouble came.

-- A.E. Housman

See you next time.

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