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Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. ~Winston Churchill
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow
George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles. ~Author Unknown
Truth is not determined by majority vote. ~Doug Gwyn
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ~George Eliot, Felix Holt
Democrats think the glass is half full. Republicans think the glass is theirs. ~Author unknown
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. ~Ernest Benn
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~Stewart Udall
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~John Kenneth Galbraith
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 1939 October 26th
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. ~John Quinton
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. ~Leo Rosten
Hence in international relations there is far too little laughing, and far too much sneering. ~G.K. Chesterton, "What Is America?", What I Saw in America, 1922
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. ~P.J. O'Rourke
I'm not sticky on terminology — progressive is fine with me, or democratic or liberal, or not-flying-monkey-death-cult-wingnutty is fine too. ~Rachel Maddow, "What I Want in My Next President," in Air America: The Playbook, 2006
Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
The elections. Whilst it is notorious that the Jackson party is the Bad party in the cities & in general in the country except in secluded districts where a single Newspaper has deceived a well disposed community, still, on all the banners equally of Tory & Whig good professions are inscribed. The Jackson flags say "Down with corruption!" "We ask for nothing but our Right." "The Constitution, the Laws," "the Laboring Classes," "Free trade," &c &c. So that they have not yet come to the depravity that says, "Evil be thou my good." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal, 1834 November 5th
Yet seemeth it to me that we shall all feel dirty if Jackson is reëlected. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal, 1832 November 6th
If I were more in love with life and as afraid of dying as you seem to insinuate, I would go to a Jackson Caucus or to the Julien Hall, and I doubt not the unmixed malignity, the withering selfishness, the impudent vulgarity, that mark those meetings would speedily cure me of my appetite for longevity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal, 1834 December 22nd
To a young man of Emerson's quality, the period of the Adamses, Jefferson, Randolph, and Jackson, the period of Webster, Clay, Calhoun, Everett, and Garrison, was not a dull period, not a dead interval, but a most stirring and exciting time between two epoch-making crises, with the thunder of a political Niagara at one's back, and the roar of wild rapids ahead. The air was full of promise and of peril and of conflicting measures for avoiding the one and fulfilling the other. ~Stuart P. Sherman, "The Emersonian Liberation," 1921
Politically-minded men, the Jacksons, the Clays, the Calhouns, brought to the problems of the hour political solutions. But the more sensitive spirits among the younger generation in New England had already experienced a certain reaction against the political faith and enthusiasms of their fathers. Already they heard the ominous creaking of democratic machinery under the manipulation of unskilful and manipulative hands. To them it began to appear that the next great improvement in the condition of society must depend less upon the alteration of laws and institutions than upon the intellectual and moral regeneration of men. The new movement had an earnest passion for cleansing the inside of the cup and protested against external powers which thwarted the efforts of the individual soul to move forward and upward by light from within. ~Stuart P. Sherman, "The Emersonian Liberation," 1921
A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. ~Alfred E. Wiggam
Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving. ~Robertson Davies
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. ~John Kenneth Galbraith, New York Times, 1989 October 8th
It is certainly much to be regretted that party discriminations are so far Geographical as they have been... ~Alexander Hamilton, letter to George Washington, 1792 August 18th
Don't vote, it only encourages them. ~Billy Connolly, An Audience with Billy Connolly, 1985 (Thanks, Gordon!)
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal — that you can gather votes like box tops — is... the ultimate indignity to the democratic process. ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 1956 August 18th
The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. ~Adlai Stevenson
I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal
The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces. ~Maureen Murphy
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. ~Frances Farenthold
There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. ~Author Unknown
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer
Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~Robert Orben
Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. ~Author Unknown
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. ~Charles de Gaulle
Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork. ~Harold Lowman
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom. ~Plato?
The problem with political jokes is they get elected. ~Henry Cate, VII
The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win. ~Will Rogers
Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors. ~Caroline Baum
There are far too many men in politics and not enough elsewhere. ~Hermione Gingold
I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~Jay Leno
I dunno. I just find it hard to discuss the Affordable Care Act with people who think it's one of the prophecies of Nostradamus. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2013
If God had been a Liberal there wouldn't have been Ten Commandments, there would have been Ten Suggestions. ~Malcolm Bradbury, After Dinner Game, 1982
All people are born alike — except Republicans and Democrats. ~Groucho Marx
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. ~Dave Barry
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~H.L. Mencken
History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. ~Oscar Wilde
Since the majority is always wrong, might we try one election day where all the losers take office? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. ~Clare Boothe Luce
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. ~Ronald Reagan
If the person you are trying to diagnose politically is some sort of intellectual, the chances are two to one he is a Democrat. ~Vance Packard
Congress should not be like the Super Bowl where you have to have one team that's going to win and another team that's going to be a loser. ~John Breaux (b.1944), FOX News Sunday, 2004 December 12th, to Chris Wallace
Give a Republican a fish and he'll think he learned how to fish. Teach him to fish and he'll call you socialist. ~@LOLGOP, 2012
Mudslinging – In politics, anything bad the opponent says about our candidate; in contrast, when our candidate does this, it is called 'making a good point.' ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," from "The Curmudgeon's Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases," c.2009
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. ~Texas Guinan
Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,1911
Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"] ~Larry Hardiman
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal. ~Emma Goldman
I never accept anything about the Government until it has been officially denied; then I know it is true. ~The Tri-Weekly Gleaner, 1897 [Garson O'Toole, The Quote Investigator, has found several variations of this quotation but this is the earliest thus far. Another: "It is an axiom of practical politics never to believe anything until it has been officially denied." ~The Times (London), 1900. For more history on this quote, click here.
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? ~Author unknown
[I]n this country, we have a two-party system in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican Party and the conservative movement and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum-sealed door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate about competing feasible ideas about real problems. ~Rachel Maddow, November 2012
[W]hat we've seen on display for the last several years... GOP (and Congress) is really not a party of ideas anymore, it's not a party of legislation; they can't agree among themselves so they've become the party of investigation and the party of gridlock.... even if there's no basis for it, that's just what they do.... The GOP is at war with itself, and the only thing they can agree on these days is to have endless investigations. ~Adam Schiff, All In with Chris Hayes, 2016 November 4th
Overheard in a Washington D.C. confessional: "Bless me, Father, for sins have been committed." ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Midas, they say, possessed the art of old
Of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold;
This modern statesmen can reverse with ease —
Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please.
We have plenty of Confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our Confidence in. ~Will Rogers
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop?
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age. ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964
Social economy means spending a penny to save a pound. Political economy is spending a pound to save a penny. ~F. Tomline (William Schwenck Gilbert) & Gilbert Arthur à Beckett, The Happy Land: A Burlesque Version of "The Wicked World," 1873 [Quoted character is Lutin.
Politics — I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together. ~Sean O'Casey
Another type which often displays a psychotic conscience is the politician. A politician's conscience is responsive only to the needs of those who elected him, and he tends to confuse the voice of that conscience with the eternal verities. ~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Today's towering consciences are often somewhat cock-eyed," 1971
The difference between a liberal and a conservative is that one considers truth an inconvenience while the other opposes it on principle. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. ~Carl Sandburg
One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark, its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time, one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno or other lump of verbal refuse — into the dustbin where it belongs. ~George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant, 1950
He's not a Republican, he's a Republican't. ~Author Unknown
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. ~Thomas Jefferson
It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. ~George E. MacDonald
A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature. ~Murray Kempton
They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men. ~Clare Boothe Luce
Moderator: What about Norman Mailer's assertion that all this trouble we're in the world now is caused by 300 years of conservative ideology?...
Malcolm Muggeridge: He didn't say that, actually. He said that this conservatism had existed and had been unable to correct what was happening and he's quite right.
Norman Mailer: I think it's solved the problem too superficially.... it created a life which worked reasonably well. In fact, looking back it worked very well for a large number of people but it didn't work well enough, finally, for the entire world.
Muggeridge: The conservative has never known what he wants to conserve, anyway....
Mailer: I know exactly what I'd like to conserve.
Muggeridge: What would you conserve, Norman?
Mailer: The trees, first....
Marshall McLuhan: There's a wonderful sign hanging on a junkyard in Toronto which says, "Help beautify junkyards — throw something lovely away today." I think this is a thought that conservatives need to consider.
~"The Way It Is," 1968, moderator Bob Fulford
If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner. ~Lindsey Nelson
Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men. ~Walter Lippmann
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. ~Woodrow Wilson
The qualities that get a man into power are not those that lead him, once established, to use power wisely. ~Lyman Bryson
During a campaign the air is full of speeches — and vice versa. ~Author unknown
We hold these truths to be self-evident, — that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion. ~Thomas Jefferson and 19th century political jab mash-up quotation by Mary B. Dimond, in A Century of Misquotations, 1906 ["Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" was not coined by Samuel D. Burchard. The "remarkable alliteration," per the New York Mail and Express, was not his at all, save by his momentary use of it. Years ago, in a religious paper then published and since merged with another, the Democratic party was spoken of by its editor as "the party of Rum, Rome and Rebellion," and since that time those words have been similarly applied, by Republican editors, over and over again to stigmatize the party. So it was not Dr. Burchard's jawbone that killed James G. Blaine in the 1884 presidential election but the jawbone of the Republican party. Sometimes a man's fool friends are as dangerous as his enemies. ~"In Defense of Dr. Burchard," The American Reformer, 1884 December 6th, and Annals of Iowa: A Historical Quarterly, July 1940.
If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. ~Meg Greenfield
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. ~P.J. O'Rourke
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least. ~Robert Byrne
The conversation at dinner had been so heated that by the end of it Mrs. Miniver had developed mental, moral, and physical indigestion.....
[F]rom that moment on she resigned herself to a headache, and got it.... [B]etween a woman who thought that for her kitchenmaid to use face-powder was the beginning of Bolshevism, and a man who believed that the 30-mile speed limit was the thin end of the Totalitarian wedge, there could be no useful interchange of ideas.
Besides, Mrs. Miniver was beginning to feel more than a little weary of exchanging ideas (especially political ones) and of hearing other people exchange theirs. It's all very well, she reflected, when the ideas have had time to flower, or at least to bud, so that we can pick them judiciously, present them with a bow, and watch them unfold in the warmth of each other's understanding: but there is far too much nowadays of pulling up the wretched little things just to see how they are growing. Half the verbal sprigs we hand each other are nothing but up-ended rootlets, earthy and immature: left longer in the ground they might have come to something, but once they are exposed we seldom manage to replant them. It is largely the fault, no doubt, of the times we live in. Things happen too quickly, crisis follows crisis, the soil of our minds is perpetually disturbed. Each of us, to relieve his feelings, broadcasts his own running commentary on the preposterous and bewildering events of the hour: and this, nowadays, is what passes for conversation.
~Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver, 1930s
The Christian Right is neither. ~Author unknown
It's not easy to raise yourself out of ignorance — and then there's the bother of changing political parties. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2019
I'm not a leftist; I'm where the righteous ought to be. ~M.M. Coady
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. ~Winston Churchill
In golf, you keep your head down and follow through. In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through. It's a big difference. ~Dan Quayle
Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose. ~George Will
When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. ~John Gardner
Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed. ~Mao Zedong
When burglars came, he didn't call police
But asked for a negotiated peace.
~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Appeaser," c.1940
Extreme right-wing "tea party" types are a minority of the Republican party. And Republicans are a minority of the country. And yet they are able to have their way because — in addition to other less ethical tactics — they vote! What must we do to get the more reasonable thinking majority to cast their ballots? A national voting holiday would be a good start.... Step up and save our country. It's your future. ~S.A. Sachs, 2015
And let me start off by acknowledging what I think all of you already know. And that is the views that many here at Liberty University have and I, on a number of important issues, are very, very different. I believe in a woman's rights. And the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views, and it is no secret. But I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse. ~Bernie Sanders, September 2015 #election2016
He wants people to like him. When people criticize him, he takes it personally. And then, you know, this machine, this tweeting thing, that's like the worst thing you could give Donald Trump is this tweeting thing. ~Bill O'Reilly, to Matt Lauer on NBC's TODAY, September 2015 #election2016
Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think [that] Secretary [Clinton] is right. And that is the American people are sick and tired of hearing about [her] damn emails. ~Bernie Sanders, October 2015 #election2016
It's primary season for those hoping to change their address to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and it must be an El Niño year because it's been particularly blustery. ~Scott Sutton, December 2015 #election2016
I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8th in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. ~Bernie Sanders, July 2016 #election2016
The emails — big nothing-burger.... We're starting to read all the emails, and there's nothing in there. They reveal what she is, a government nerd who never stops working. The kind of person who knows details, who believes government can do good. I just think that's exactly who she is. She's someone who wants to roll up her sleeves and make a problem better.... I don't think there's much more to it than that. I certainly don't see a scary person. ~Bill Maher, to journalist Fareed Zakaria, about Hillary Clinton and yet-to-be-authenticated leaked email messages which are being excerpted out of context in various media, October 2016 #election2016
She's certainly shell-shocked from 30 years of being attacked.... I always say she's like a black driver in a white neighborhood and the police are the Republicans. They keep pulling her over, and they keep having to let her go... ~Bill Maher, about Hillary Clinton, to journalist Fareed Zakaria during an interview, October 2016 #election2016
What the [f*@%] does it take in this country to have being a human supersede being a Republican? ~Bill Maher, said during a discussion of Trump's die-hard supporters on Real Time, airdate 2016 October 14th #election2016
These people are the evolutionary chart in reverse. ~Bill Maher, to journalist Fareed Zakaria, about a particular type of Republicans, October 2016 [Zakaria: "And if Hillary Clinton is as dull and intense staid as you say, how are you going to make jokes?" Maher: "We always can make jokes... somebody always steps up, it just always gets worse, I have no doubt that there are people who will step up for the Republican party who will make my job easier."
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