American Humor: Time for American Political Jokes

The last laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS Plumtree boys and reader submitted regional American humor with other MOTHER readers.

| May/June 1988

Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. 

“Let us pray. Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty-Dumpty together again. 

“Dear God, in mercy and grace, prevent the Senate from being like Humpty-Dumpty. Keep it from being so fractured and fragmented that no one will be able to put it together again.” 

—Rev. Richard C. Halverson, April 5, 1983 From the Congressional Record 

American Humor: Time for American Political Jokes

Well sir, in case any of you was upset that last issue we told Russian political jokes, this time we'll show that we really believe in journalism's fairness doctrine—we're going to pass along a passel of American political jokes! You see, hardly had the Plumtree Crossing Cross-Country Rail Riders finished jawing with ol' Ivan Redneckovich when the train they was riding pulled right up at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Once the fellers had found their way outside, the first thing they noticed was the home of our nation's highest lawmaking body—Congress itself. Hypnotized by this august sight, the crew walked right over to the front steps and were immediately met by—Bonnie Roebucks?! That's right, Clovis Roebucks' oldest niece, Bonnie, was working at Congress as a tour guide! [Editor's Note: Give yourself 10 points in the Ultimate Last Laugh Trivia Quiz if you remember Clovis Roebucks, Plumtree Crossing's own permanent politician. Give yourself 20 points more if you recalled he was a state legislator—who, since his last appearance in MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 62, had somehow got himself elected to Congress.]  

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