"A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground"
- H. L. Mencken
About this Quote
This quote by H. L. Mencken is an amusing way of describing a politician. By comparing a political leader to a pet, Mencken suggests that political leaders are able to stay neutral and also objective in order to gain the support of both sides of a problem. The phrase "sit on a fence" implies that a political leader has the ability to stay impartial and also not take a side. The expression "maintain both ears to the ground" indicates that a political leader has the ability to stay educated as well as knowledgeable about the viewpoints of both sides of a problem. This quote indicates that politicians are able to stay neutral and unbiased in order to get the assistance of both sides of an issue. Mencken's quote is a humorous method of describing the capability of a politician to continue to be impartial and also educated in order to get the assistance of both sides of an issue.
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