I rarely run into anything that makes me say, "Yep, that just about says it all," but this is definitely one of those things.
"In our time the destiny of man
presents its meaning
s in political terms
." --Thomas Mann
How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics,
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has both read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms.
W.B. Yeats, 1938
BTW, the quote was inserted by the poet when Politics was composed.