Monday, June 29, 2009

We're Stuck With Snollygosters For Leaders

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Above is pictured a snollygoster. According to Blasting Caps and Dynamite, a wonderful new blog which I highly recommend that you check out, a snollygoster is defined as follows:

"One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles."
Because I love word study, I went looking for some more information about snollygosters and found this at The Word Detective:
"Snollygoster" is an American invention, first appearing in print, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), in the mid-19th century.

The most likely origin of "snollygoster" is another, very similar, word -- "snallygaster." From the German "schnelle (quick)" plus "geister (spirits)," a "snallygaster" was a mythical monster (a giant reptilian bird, according to one source) said, among residents of Maryland, to attack and eat livestock as well as the occasional child....There is a slight dating problem with this theory, in that "snallygaster" has (according to the OED) first been found in print in 1940 (versus 1846 for its presumptive descendant "snollygoster"), but it's entirely plausible that the "snallygaster" had been used to cow disobedient children for at least 100 years before the word made it into print.
If I weren't graphically challenged, I'd put the faces of certain politicians as the face of the image at the top of this post. I'd create several different snollygosters. We have a plethora of them!

Today's snollygosters on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and throughout this government bureaucracy are eating more than the occasional child. In various ways (Care to name some in the comments section?), this government, filled with snollygasters, is robbing our children of their heritage of freedom and their right to property.

Generational Theft is what this present administration is all about.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 6/29/2009 05:00:00 AM