Walter Bagehot & Mr. Dooley

“No one can approach to an understanding of the English institutions, or of others, which, being the growth of many centuries, exercise a wide sway over mixed populations, unless he divide them into two classes. In such constitutions there are two parts (not indeed separable with microscopic accuracy, for the genius of great affairs abhors nicety of division): first, those which excite and preserve the reverence of the population — the dignified parts, if I may so call them; and next, the efficient parts — those by which it, in fact, works and rules. There are two great objects which every constitution must attain to be successful, which every old and celebrated one must have wonderfully achieved: every constitution must first gain authority, and then use authority; it must first win the loyalty and confidence of mankind, and then employ that homage in the work of government.” (Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution)

“An’ there ye ar-re. Th’ times has changed, an’ th’ kings lives in th’ sthreet with th’ rest iv us. It ‘ll be th’ death iv thim. No wan respects annybody they know. To be a king an’ get away with it, a man must keep out iv sight. Th’ minyit people know that a king talks like other people, that he has th’ same kind iv aches that we have, that his head is bald, that his back teeth are filled, that he dhrinks too much, that him an’ his wife don’t get along, an’ that whin they quarrel they don’t make a reg’lar declaration iv war, but jaw at each other like Mullarky an’ his spouse, their subjicks say: ‘Why, this here fellow is no betther thin th’ rest iv us. How comes he to have so good a job? Down with him?’ An’ down he comes.” (Dissertations by Mr. Dooley)