Quote from Job & Calling – My Letter to Dave Barry by Gary North:
Fifty solemn editorials by pundits run in a 300 newspapers each will not have the impact of a line like this:
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. — Will Rogers
Dave Barry is a household name because he is a true master of words. He has a huge audience. He is a libertarian. He doesn’t trust the state, as his interview in “Reason” indicates. (http://reason.com/barry.shtml)
Fifty solemn sermons — or fifty ranting posts *cough* — won’t have the same impact, either.
There’s something to be said for a gentle, but meaningful, sense of humour.
Dave Barry is an influential man who seems to have no enemies. Not many influential men are in such a position. He shapes the thinking of millions of readers-fans. He does not shape their ideas directly. He does it indirectly, by blowing gaping holes in the things people do, especially government bureaucrats. (“Gaping Holes” would be a great name for a rock group . . . and for all I know, already is.)
His weekly column met a real need. Every society needs humor. For the last two decades, he has been the supreme American humorist, as distinguished from a comedian. There have been very few influential humorists in our history. Mark Twain and Will Rogers are the major ones. We get a good one about once per half century.
All three of them got laughs by making fun of Congress. Examples:
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can. — Mark Twain
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
There is a place for a kindly, but substantial, form of humour within our ranks.
I simply don’t have the skills or the aptitude to pull that off.
But someone else might. Maybe someone you know.
And that someone else, man or woman, stands to make a nice bundle too!
To make good money, and shape the culture around you, without making any committed enemies….