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Here is quote frm my colleague, Dr. Karl Knapp from California Technology University:

* The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII

* We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop

* If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~Will Rogers

* Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato

* Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ~Nikita Khrushchev

* When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

* Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author Unknown

* If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno

* Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton

* Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

* The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it. ~P.J. O’Rourke

* I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

* A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~Texas Guinan

* Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal

* I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~Charles de Gaulle

* Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson * Don’t vote, it only encourages them. ~Author Unknown

* There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers

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Fenomena Raden Wijaya

Pak Tarjo Werkudoro, demikian kami menyebutnya karena perawakannya yang tinggi besar seperti Werkudoro atau Bimo dalam tokoh pewayangan adalah guru sejarah SD kami yang sangat kami cintai karena begitu pandainya beliau bercerita. Semua kisah yang beliau bawakan di muka kelas bagai melintas di depan mata, bagai kanvas lukisan sambung menyambung yang membetot sukma. Salah satu cerita heroik yang masih saya ingat adalah episode Raden Wijaya yang sukses memukul mundur pasukan Kubilai Khan dari Mongol yang hampir menaklukkan separo dunia. Alkisah dengan dibantu oleh pasukan Kubilai Khan tersebut, Raden Wijaya mengobrak-abrik dinasti terakhir kerajaan Singosari. Sesaat setelah kemenangan bersama yang gilang gemilang tersebut Raden Wijaya memukul balik pasukan Mongolia yang sedang berpesta pora. Kocar-kacirlah pasukan Kubilai Khan kembali ke negerinya, dengan dendam kesumat, amarah meluap dan satu kesan mendalam di sanubari setiap prajurit, bahwa bangsa yang barusan mereka bantu itu memang penuh dengan pengkhianat, srigala berbulu domba dan ular ganas yang mematok dari balik ilalang persembunyian bersama.
Dan fenomena Raden Wijaya itu kemudian terus turun temurun terjadi dalam sejarah kenegaraan, perpolitikan, kekuasaan pemerintahan di Negara yang terletak di sabuk katulistiwa ini. Bahkan terus menggurat mengakar dalam aliran darah banyak orang, bahkan hanya sekedar atas nama sebuah jabatan dan kekuasan dalam lingkup yang teramat kecil dan sempit: kantor.
Inikah gen hasil keturunan ataukah kutukan dari pasukan Kubila Khan?
Wallahu alam

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