Regardless of which side of the political aisle one sits, he or she must admit the recent foolishness in Washington, D.C. is ridiculous.

Everything that’s going on is 100 percent politically motivated on steroids.

One can easily blame President Trump or the Democrats in Congress, and of course, everyone basically blames one or the other.

I scoff when people say our President is a laughed at by world leaders.

I think world leaders probably get more of a kick out of comparing currently held positions and previous statements saved forever on videotape that are the polar opposite from each other.

Probably the saddest part of all this is a growing number of the electorate don’t realize our elected officials have no real principles on which they operate.

You think that might be the real reason someone like Trump was elected president?

Politics and acting selfishly based on what’s good for the moment isn’t anything new, but it is in hyper-drive today.

Politicians have been the butt of jokes for ages, as the following quotes demonstrate. I received these in an email last week. I laughed, and then felt like crying when I realized how much more real they have become in today’s political climate.


• If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

-Jay Leno

• The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

-Henry Cate VII

• We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


• If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.

-Will Rogers

• Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

-Nikita Khrushchev

• When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.

-Clarence Darrow

• Why pay money to have your family tree traced? Go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.

-Author unknown

• Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.

-John Quinton

• Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

-Oscar Ameringer

• I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.

-Adlai Stevenson

• A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.

-Tex Guinan

• I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

-Charles de Gaulle

• Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

-Doug Larson

• If you want a real friend you can trust in Washington, get a dog.

-Harry Truman

Okay, now back to work so we can pay for all this foolishness.

Final note

William A. Mann, a loved Rockport philanthropist, passed away 20 years ago. I was reminded of that while writing “Pages from past” for this page.

He was a true gentleman who walked with giants during his career with General Electric. He invited my wife and I to his house for dinner one night, but I’ll always remember him for his introducing me to Rueben sandwiches.

He took me to lunch one day at the Key Allegro Yacht Club. It was the first time I had eaten there for lunch. When I asked what he liked on the menu he said, “The Reuben is delightful.” I can still hear him telling me that. To this day, I almost always order a Rueben sandwich, if it’s on the menu, when I visit a new restaurant.

For the record, a couple of weeks ago, I was driving solo from Houston, stopped at Buc-ee’s on Highway 59, and ordered a Rueben from that fine eatery for the first time. It wasn’t bad.

If you’re listening Mr. Mann … thanks.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at

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