"You have no conception of the speed and accuracy with which our Congress can reflect current idiocy. Way down at the bottom of the public mind there's always a strong current of common sense, but somehow it never finds its way to Washington."
~James Blish, "First Strike" (Copyright 1953)
It's the date on that which really amused me. Apparently some observations are timeless... a fact which I've noted in regard to Tom Lehrer as well.
This, by the way, is what happens when I raid my father's library for "new" (to me) reading material.