Ten political lessons
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Five political lessons I've learned from my dog
1. Trust the hand that feeds you, distrust the hand that hurts you. If they are the same hand, be a little wary.
2. Be grateful when someone pays attention to you.
3. When getting ready to lie down ALWAYS dig at the ground a bit--leisure is something you have to work for, not just expect to be given.
4. Just because it smelled good before you put it in your mouth doesn't mean it tastes good. Spit out the bad stuff.
5. Reward love with love, reward hate with patience.
Five political lessons my dog has learned from George W. Bush
1. If you get a bone, don't let go. Even if the bone might kill you if you eat it. Do - not - let - go.
2. God gave you teeth. Use them.
3. If you don't want to do what someone tells you to do, even if it's a really good idea, pretend you don't hear them. Keep your eyes down, and your ears back. Act aloof. Walk out of the room. Hide.
4. Sometimes licking your own ass is more fun than paying attention.
5. Always respond to an unexpected situation with your hackles up, your teeth bared, and barking loudly. Don't be deterred by anyone telling you things are okay. They don't know. You do. You're the boss.
Sean Ferrell is a political scientist.