It’s Constitution Week!

An observance to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution (on September 17, 1787). The observance runs annually from September 17 to September 23.  This week we have tables set up in each of our buildings that ask the question:  “What is democracy?”  So naturally, the cynic in me went running tomy copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary for a definition (or two) and here’s what I discovered . . .

“A system in which you say what you like and do what you’re told.”  (Gerard Barry)

“A system of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.”  (Alan Coren)

“Government by discussion — but it’s only effective if you can stop people talking.”  (Clement Attlee)

“An institution in which the whole is equal to the scum of the parts.”  (Keith Preston)

“A political system that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

“The aristocracy of blackguards.”  (Lord Byron)

“The worst form of government — except for all the others.”  (Winston Churchill)

“The art of running the circus from the monkey cage.”  (H.L. Mencken)

“The right to make the wrong choice.”  (Glenn Ford)

“The theory that holds that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”  (H.L. Mencken)

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