Communication and Politics


“Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars” (Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

Can you talk with marbles in your mouth? The junior senators in ancient Rome practiced elocution by giving speeches with four marbles in their mouths. After practicing extensively, they took one marble out of their mouth. They continued speaking in public and improved their erudition. Taking another marble out of their mouths they spoke in public making sure that they were understood. Eventually, when they lost all their marbles they became senators.

It is interesting to note that 95% of our senators and congressmen are lawyers. There is no law in the U.S.A. that, scrutinizes congressmen’s or senators’ finances and compares them before and after they have held office. Many of our politicians become significantly rich while in office considering their base salaries. Could a law degree and being a politician possibly have become a license to enrich your life disproportionately to your ability or at others’ expense?

Un-presidentially, Agent Orange just can’t help it, because he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

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