Whenever I open the pages of the Trib, I look first for Pat Bagley’s latest visual description of the "world that is Utah" and then for Paul Rolly’s latest column. This morning I couldn’t help but think of two politics-related definitions found in "The Devil’s Dictionary," by the satirist Ambrose Bierce, published between 1881 and 1906.
First: "POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage." And then: "POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive."
I wonder how much has really changed in the past 100 years. I know it’s not appropriate to generalize, and Utah does have some fine politicians. But really, folks, what are we — the long-suffering electorate — to do?
Disclaimer: I turned 70 years old this year, and I did sign the "Count My Vote" petition, right along with Mitt and Ann Romney, Utah’s favorite adopted son and daughter.
Stephen R. Moss
Salt Lake City
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