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Will Rogers on “Voters’ Short Memory”

We can get all lathering at the time over some political campaign promise, or some conference pledge, but if the thing just drags along long enough we forget what it was that was originally promised. The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., April 7, 1930How many politicians are in office today because the voters have a short memory? I think many of them count on it. How else can you explain the high incumbent reelection rate?

Perhaps it’s because voters only look at candidates during the election cycle. The only information they get about a candidate is from the campaign ads, and the best looking ad presentation wins the race. In the South, they promise grits on every plate, and in the North it’s Malt-O-Meal.

Campaign promises these days are interesting. Rather than something tangible, they have devolved into simple slogans and sound bites like “hope and change.” I’ve also noticed that after the election, promises are quickly forgotten, and in the next election cycle they are never mentioned, especially the broken promises. It’s like the salesman who lavishes attention on the potential customer. After the sale they don’t remember your name, or return your phone calls.

I think Will Rogers is right on target with his quote, at least until things get so bad that voters reach the “throw the bums out” threshold. Based on the mid-term and special elections, I think we have reached the threshold. Not only were the grits never delivered, but grit-eaters lost their jobs. Malt-O-Meal eaters received salary cuts and tax increases.

Politicians had better get serious about promises. Don’t mess with breakfast, unless you know you can deliver!


Image Info: Will Rogers relaxes for a few minutes, reading his newspaper.

The image was taken directly from pictures at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum archive. I apologize for the quality of the image, but this is exactly what the 1920s photo looked like when I scanned it. In the hundreds of images contained in this iPhone application, I wanted to share as many different Will Rogers photos as possible from as wide a variety of times and situations – movies, cowboy, vaudeville, with famous people, and family scenes.

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