If everyone is tired of 24/7/365 current politics and the mass of idiots that we call Congress and other Government Employees, how about a break. My friend Peter Forrest shared a story about a Texas politician who was a master of answering questions. The following story is a recorded exchange that might give you a view of a politician who served some 65 years ago when I was a young man of 21 or 22. At least politicians of yore were eloquent when answering possible touchy issues. You be the judge of his response to a simple question. C Brewer
In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey.
What follows is his exact answer (taken from the Political Archives of Texas):
“If you mean whiskey, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.
However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.
This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.”
Sort’a puts a tear in your eye when you see how politicians of today would run like a deer to avoid answering such a simple question. It would take a Committee, 500 lawyers, 250 law clerks and ten years to get an answer to a simple question today. It would more than likely be tabled to wait for enough years that the person who asked the question was dead to close the inquiry. Progress or regress? Can you add value to this waste of time? Did it bring a smile?