American Humor: Ott Bartlett and the State of Our Country

The last laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted regional American humor with other MOTHER readers. This issue Ott Bartlett shares the state of our country, from crime to beer to millionaires.

| January/February 1978

The Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. This issue Ott Bartlett talks about the state of our country or lack of it.

Adam was but human . . . this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent . . . then he would have eaten the serpent.

— Mark Twain

Every American boy has a chance to grow up and become President. It's just one of the risks he has to take.

Well sir, I don't know how conditions are in your neck of the woods . . . but around my section of the country, folks is had about all they can take of politicians, inflation, confrontations of one sort or another, and other (self) important worldly matters.

And the way I figure it, we probably ain't exactly alone in our current inclination to "let the rest of the world go by", so to speak, and spend most of our time tendin' to things closer to home. Leastwise I was readin' t'other day that TV viewin' is fallin' off at a rapid rate here in the U.S. . . . and I don't wonder about that, considerin' the trash that they're currently fillin' the airwaves with.

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