"Do you think politics is a dirty word? And that politicians are shady characters? Don't anser those questions - at least, not yet. First, take the case of William Q. Smith. He thought all politics were "corrupt," and because he did he wanted no part of anything that had a political ring to it. "I'm above politics - a non-politician" was the way he put it. But what Bill smith failed to realize is that any citizen who abstains from politics is not a non-politician, he is merely an ineffective politician. "How's that?" you may be wondering. Simply this: You can be influential - either for good or for bad as you choose - but you can't avoid the fact that as a citizen, you have a certain amount of influence."
A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959