Posted by Henry on June 17, 2004
In Reply to: To The Victors... posted by Tojo on June 17, 2004
: Which phrase is correct?
: "To the victor goes the spoils"
: "To the victor go the spoils?"
To the victor go the spoils.
It's clear if you re-arrange the sentence;
The spoils go to the victor.
During a Congressional debate in 1831 a New York senator, William L. Marcy, used the phrase "to the victor belong the spoils." This saying accurately described the spoils system of appointing government workers. Each time a new administration came into power thousands of public servants were discharged and members of the victorious political party took over their jobs.