While I don't get on my soap box too often, there is no denying that political humor has been in existence almost as long as there has been politicians.
And some of the most poignant, and funny, jokes have been made concerning the United States Congress.
Since their 113th session began, the Republican majority the House of Representatives have already made another failed attempt to repeal Obama Care, postponed taking action on giving more relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy and discussing women who have been victims of violence. They still have yet to even start talking about a job stimulus package, and don't even get me started about their record on gun control...
Then again, the opposite of Pro is Con, so the opposite of Progress is....?
But I'm far from the first person to ever comment on the situation. Let's look at some of the more famous quotes from history.
Author Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, etc) had plenty to say on the subject.
*Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
*It could probably be shown through facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class in this country, except Congress.
His contemporary Will Rogers wasn't silent on the issue either.
*The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
*With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.
Other comedians have weighed in on the subject too, like:
Milton Berle said "You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.", and
Red Skelton once observed, "Congress is men playing games with money that don't belong to them."
And while Barack Obama, our current President of the United States, has extended the olive branch of bipartisanship in hopes of getting tasks accomplished that will benefit the country, other Presidents have commented on the subject.
The forty-first President, George H. W. Bush said "I've often thought that the aging process could be slowed down if it had to go through Congress."
His predecessor, President Ronald Reagan once said "I've wondered at time what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had to run them through Congress first."
But perhaps former President Abraham Lincoln said it best.
"We, the people, are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts; not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it."
There you go folks. Humor that also makes you think.
I'm one smart puppy, ain't I?
In any event, have a great week, and please be back here next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!-AtP.