Haircuts and Politicians

June 23rd, 2011

By Tom Carter

PartisanshipAs the craziness of another presidential election year approaches, it’s certain that things will get progressively nuttier.

We’re going to have a weakened and wounded incumbent president facing one of about a dozen Republican contenders, ranging from serious looking but vacuous guys with good hair through really serious guys with bad hair (and no chance) to a couple of ditsy gals prone to say the dumbest things imaginable.  In fact, the Republicans’ best chance may be a very fat but very successful governor who refuses to play, knowing that no fat man has been elected to the presidency since William Howard Taft.

So, the only way we’re going to survive yet another extended political season is to laugh our way through it.  In that vein, here’s a political joke culled from one of the chain e-mails that regularly collect in my inbox.  We should all take the moral of the story to heart.  (If you’ve seen it before, go on down to the videos.)

The Haircut

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.  After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.”  The florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.”  The cop was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a “thank you” card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I can not accept money from you.  I’m doing community service this week.”  The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

The next morning, when the barber opened up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason!

Remember how weird the 2004 presidential election was? The one where Bush 43 faced off with Lurch the war hero? Here’s a classic from that contest:

If that wasn’t bad enough, how about 2008, when the highly qualified but politically self-destructive old guy got his clock cleaned by an empty suit, involving a remarkable cast of losers on both sides:

Abraham Lincoln said, “Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.” Lucky for us, we don’t have to shoot the politicians. We can just keep throwing them out until they get the point.


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