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Posted: 10/22/2001 4:41:55 PM EDT
Observation and advice contained in a letter written by Robbie Burns, Scottish poet and philosopher. On 20th February 1793, Burns included a political catechism in his letter: Quere, What is Politics? Answer, Politics is a science wherewith, by means of nefarious cunning and hypocritical pretence, we govern civil Politics for the emolument of ourselves and our adherents. Quere, What is a Minister? Answer, a Minister is an unprincipled fellow, who by the influence of hereditary or acquired wealth; by superior abilities; or by a lucky conjecture of circumstances, obtains a principal place in the administration of the affairs of government. Quere, What is a Patriot? Answer, an individual exactly of the same description as a Minister, only, out of place.
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Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: Would you explain what that is supposed to mean? [>:/]
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1. Politics = a science that uses evil cunning and hypocritical motives for the benefit of those doing it. 2. A minister (politician) = an unethical person who has attained influence in some manner and has used it to obtain a place in government. 3. patriot = same as a minister only not in the government (wants to be for all the above stated reasons)
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