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Will Rogers' Alarm Clock

A Will Rogers transcript:

We're always talkin' about pioneers and what great folks the old pioneers were.... I think if we just stopped and looked history in the face, a pioneer wasn't a thing in the world, but a guy that wanted something for nothing. That's about all.

He was a guy that wanted to live off of everything that nature had done. He wanted to cut a tree down that didn't cost him anything, but he never did plant one, you know. He wanted to plow up land that should have been left to grass....

We're just now learning, you know, that we can rob from nature the same as we can rob from an individual. All he had was an ax and a plow and a gun. He just went out and lived off nature....

He thought it was nature he was living off of, but it was really future generations he was living off of.



Born part Cherokee in Northeastern Oklahoma, Will Rogers pointed out that he had "just enough White blood to make his honesty questionable."

/Hold the phone, as Will would say, there's more to come.











-- Mark D. Lacy


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