Signature Quotes: Politics, Part 3

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"The expression 'right-wing extremist' is the default tag a liberal uses to insult your opposition to liberal ideas. It is used when no established tag fits the specific context." -- Cliches of Liberalism: Governing Through Insult, Confusion and Sound Bites by David C. Wilcox
...if you disagree with a liberal about affirmative action, you are labeled a "racial bigot." -- Cliches of Liberalism: Governing Through Insult, Confusion and Sound Bites by David C. Wilcox
...if you disagree with a liberal about a religious matter, you are a "religious fanatic." And if you disagree with a liberal about how much welfare should be available to senior citizens, "you are a heartless SOB who wants somebody's grandmother to eat dog food." -- Cliches of Liberalism: Governing Through Insult, Confusion and Sound Bites by David C. Wilcox
...pity the Republican who points out that about one-fourth of Democrats in the House belong to Democratic Socialists of America, for he'll be pegged a "McCarthyite" worried about the Red menace. -- Cliches of Liberalism: Governing Through Insult, Confusion and Sound Bites by David C. Wilcox
"A false argument should be refuted, not named. That’s the basic idea behind freedom of speech. Arguments by name-calling, rather than truth and light, can generally be presumed fraudulent." -- Ann Coulter
In Boston, 44.6% of public school teachers enroll their children in private schools--almost one in two! What do they know that average parents don't about public schools?
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. On the road to tyranny, we've gone so far that polite political action is about as useless as a miniskirt in a convent." -- Claire Wolfe, -- 101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution
"If you’re going to run for president as the anti-Clinton, you should know that Democrats and their media friends will do whatever it takes to make you look Clintonian. The questions won’t go away because Democrats are desperate to define Republican deviancy down to Clinton levels. The ugliness is just getting started." -- Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal
"There are lots of reasons fewer people are watching network news, and one of them, I'm more convinced than ever, is that our viewers simply don't trust us. And for good reason. The old argument that the networks and other `media elites' have a liberal bias is so blatantly true that it's hardly worth discussing anymore. No, we don't sit around in dark corners and plan strategies on how we're going to slant the news. We don't have to. It comes naturally to most reporters." -- CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg, February 13, 1996 Wall Street Journal op-ed.
"Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents." -- Walter Cronkite at the Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner, March 21, 1996.
"There is a liberal bias. It's demonstrable. You look at some statistics. About 85 percent of the reporters who cover the White House vote Democratic, they have for a long time. There is a, particularly at the networks, at the lower levels, among the editors and the so-called infrastructure, there is a liberal bias." -- Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, May 12, 1996.
"Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens." -- Sir William Beveridge (1879-1963), British economist
Al Gore was the first political candidate to raise the Willie Horton issue when he questioned the Massachusetts Governor about it in a debate in the New York Democratic primary campaign in 1988.
No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words "no" and "not" employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights. -- EDMUND A. OPITZ
"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." -- Captain John Parker, Lexington Minute Company, April 19, 1775
"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." -- G. GORDON LIDDY
I wonder just how much trouble it is to try and make (Ayn) Rand Politically Correct? :-)
"Frankly, I'd rather try Mein Kampf. You'd have more chance of preserving the original spirit of the work, too." -- Guy Gordon
"Fidelity to the public requires that the laws be as plain and explicit as possible, that the less knowing may understand, and not be ensnared by them, while the artful evade their force." -- Samuel Cooke (1770)
"You know, we had the elections earlier in the week, and a dead woman, in Pennsylvania, somehow was on the ballot and she was elected to city council. A dead woman actually elected! And I'm thinking, well, I guess there is still hope for Al Gore." -- David Letterman, The Late Show, CBS.
"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." -- H. L. MENCKEN
"To be a Republican, you have to be wrong about civil liberties, big business, and the environment. To be a Democrat, you have to be wrong about virtually everything. To be a Libertarian, you have to be wrong about "nothing" -- which shouldn't be confused with being right." -- Lewis W. Napper
"You are a name-caller who's full of shit." - Albert Isham A frequent poster to talk.politics.guns displaying the typical wit of the anti-RKBA crowd.
"'Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own. 'Compassion' is when a politician arranges the transfer." -- Joseph Sobran
"Hey, here's an idea. A potential use for Cuba. A living history theme park. "Come see real live socialists as they drive their bicycles to work." We could take groups of school-aged kids there on field trips. We could do the same for North Korea, but you would have to bring your own food." -- Luther Martin, Cold War Vet.
If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves. -- THOMAS SOWELL (1992)
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -- WlNSTON CHURCHILL (1903)
"The Unibomber has focused renewed attention on the rhetoric that's been coming from the left and those who cater to angry liberals. While no one's suggesting that left-wing radio jocks approve of violence, the extent to which their approach fosters violence is being questioned by many....The list of they may have had in mind is at once long and familiar. Left-wing talk show hosts like Bryant Gumbel, Geraldo Rivera, Connie Chung, Peter Jennings, Nina Totenberg, and others take to the air every day with basically the same format: detail a problem, blame the government or a group, and invite invective from like-minded people....Never do most of the radio hosts encourage outright violence, but the extent to which their attitudes may embolden or encourage some extremists has clearly become an issue."
"Political Correctness is just Tyranny with Manners" -- Charlton Heston March 28, 2000 Addressing Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
"The principle feature of American Liberalism is intolerance. By loudly denouncing all things which they do not understand, Liberals testify to their own unrelenting ignorance."
"When Congress gets through investigating Attorney General Janet Reno, will her agency become known as the Obstruction of Justice Department? The civil rights movement was one of the great moral crusades in the first half of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, in more recent times it has become all too much like those it opposed, demanding racial double standards and even condoning verbal and violent attacks against members of other races." -- Thomas Sowell, 8/24/1999
"A strict reading of the constitution would be a mistake" Al Gore 3/14/00
Next Episode: Libertarian-Man holds open a door for feminist womyn...and is hurt Severely -- John Bergstrom
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's opinion in the case of Adarand vs. Pena: "To pursue the concept of racial entitlement even for the most admirable and benign of purposes is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American."
"If a country is worth living in, it is worth fighting for." -- Manning Coles
"I heartily accept the motto, - 'That government is best which governs least;' and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe, - 'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." -- Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"
"In all history the only bright rays cutting the gloom of oppression have come from men who would rather get hurt than give in." -- Jeff Cooper, from "Pistols and the Law" in "Cooper on Handguns"
"Most of us could get along better with much less government than we have; there are others though who seem to require lifelong shepherding from pre-natal care to the electric chair. It makes no sense to talk of self-government to a man who cannot even govern his own behavior." -- PAUL KIRCHNER
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." -- Mark Twain (1866)
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. -- JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS (1928)
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobglobins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken
"I love this country for several reasons, not the least of which is that I know I'm allowed to hate it if I want to." -- Dennis Miller
"So who's the big red menace nowadays? Cuba. That's it? I'm sorry, but it's hard to whip up any "us against them" nationalist fervor about a country whose principal export is citizens who can swim." -- Dennis Miller
"There is something about a Republican that you can only stand for just so long. On the other hand, there's something about a Democrat that you can't stand for quite that long." -- Will Rogers
"If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life." -- Henry David Thoreau
"If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist." -- JOSEPH SOBRAN (1995)
"It is one of the pitfalls of modern liberalism (believe me, I'm one myself) is the tendency to assume that anyone holding an opinion different from one's own is ignorant or misinformed. We are all rational beings, and thus anyone is able to achieve our own Enlightened state. Thus it is one's duty to educate them about Rightthink, until they understand that they were Wrong before.
True diversity includes dissent. If someone complains that a subject is unpleasant to them, or states a position different from yours, please do not attempt to expand their consciousness and persuade them otherwise." -- Kelly St.Clair
What's really sexist is to assume that any criticism of a woman running for office is in itself sexist
"'Individual right' means anarchy and no federal court is ready for that." - Albert Isham 10/27/99
Boston Globe [one of the most far left newspapers in America] ombudsman Jack Thomas once wrote that running Jacoby's conservative columns is "a high price to pay for freedom of the press."
It was Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen who broke the Democrat filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It was Republican votes that enacted both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in greater numbers than Democrats.
Sentator Gore (D-TN), father of Vice-President Al Gore, voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"It's compassionate to want to help the poorest children get a good education--but it's conservative to demand standards and embrace choice and competition."
When a golf course official would tell him, "Sorry, no Jews allowed," Senator Goldwater (R-Arizona) would say, "Well, I'm only half-Jewish. Can I play nine holes?"
"There are no little people in America. There are only people, equal before the law, yearning to breathe free and wanting to achieve the best within them." -- Ayn Rand
"Liberals have always been the most fervent Imperialists." -- Alan Bradley
"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." -- ROBERT HEINLEIN
"Adam Clymer is an example of what you get when you drag a $100 bill through the New York Times." -- Don Kanipe
"The media are doing this, not because they have a sinister motive, but because they love to feel that they are influencing events. That's why they hate politicians so much, because politicians have direct power and they do not." -- Ben Aaronovitch
"Political correctness gets in the way of all too many things in this country of ours, I am not a subscriber of political correctness by any means, shape or form." -- Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia)
"We thank you, Lady of Discord, for the Florida Elections Commission. Woken up more sleepers in one week (Nov 2000) than I would have imagined possible. People have actually begun reading the Constitution, questioning the process, and thinking." -- Douglas E. Berry
"So the Clinton-Gore era culminates with an election as stained as the blue dress, a Democratic chorus complaining that the Constitution should not be the controlling legal authority, and Clinton's understudy dispatching lawyers to litigate this: "It depends on what the meaning of 'vote' is." -- George Will
"If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep." -- Will Rogers
"I'm just a socialist at heart." - -- Ted Turner, speaking at a Time-Warner conference in Shanghai 09/1999
"I would think that if you understood what communism was you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists." -- Jane Fonda - wife to Ted Turner - Address to a student audience at Michigan State University, Detroit Free Press of November 22, 1970
"Hand Counts of machine ballots? I don't like it one bit." --Senator Moynihan (D-NY) ("Moynihan winding down, but with a sense of urgency," The Buffalo News, Robert J. McCarthy, 11/14/00)
"If Al Gore loses his brazen attempt to win on the dimples, one reason will be that he finally convinced enough Republicans to fight like Democrats." -- Paul A. Gigot, Wall Street Journal, Friday 11/24/2000
"If Gore wins [the 2000 Presidental election] it will be a result of the "will" of a handful of Democrats being heard over the "outcry" of a Nation."
"Facts are stubborn things." -- President Ronald Reagan, August 15, 1988
"The Ugly American was supposed to be an American abroad, remember? He wasn't supposed to be a petulant vice president who has to be dragged kicking and screaming from his campaign bunker, unwilling to admit defeat because he's unable to imagine anyone else in the catbird seat he wanted so much to occupy." -- Boston Herald Columnist Joe Fitzgerald on Al Gore (11/29/2000)
FLORIDA: If you think we can't vote, wait till you see us drive.
FLORIDA: Home of electile dysfunction.
FLORIDA: We count more than you do.
FLORIDA: If you don't like the way we count then take I-95 and visit one of the other 56 states.
FLORIDA: We've been Gored by the bull of politics and we're Bushed.
FLORIDA: Relax, Retire, ReVote.
FLORIDA: Viagra voters do it again! and again!
FLORIDA: What comes after 17,311?
FLORIDA: We can't vote, but you should see how we handle 25 bingo cards!
FLORIDA: Where your vote counts and counts and counts.
FLORIDA: The people have spoken. Now shut up and listen while the lawyers tell you what they said.
FLORIDA: This is what you get for taking Elian away from us.
FLORIDA: We don't just cheat in football.
FLORIDA: We're number one! Wait! Recount!
Palm Beach County: So nice, we let you vote twice.
Palm Beach County: We put the "duh" in Florida.
Sign on I-95 : Florida this way, no that way, 5 miles, no, wait 10 miles.
Pro-electorate's choice: Abort the pregnant chads.
"Rush Limbaugh is a principled conservative, master broadcaster and stinging social critic who has won his mammoth following through his own energy, individualism and wit. His daily radio show is the one reliable place ordinary citizens can turn to for a different perspective in the blizzard of propaganda and disinformation from the Northeastern media establishment. History will show that Limbaugh was a major force over the past decade in waking this country up from its p.c. coma." -- Camille Paglia
"And you know one thing I want to mention, when all is said and done, I mean, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, everybody agreed to the standard we had applied in reviewing these ballots, and it was only after about four days into it that the Democratic Party went back to court to try and, you know, basically have us change that standard because I guess they realized they weren't getting enough votes." -- Palm Beach County judge Charles Burton, Member of the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board. ABC's Good Morning America, Monday 11/27/2000
"The merit of our Constitution is not that it promotes democracy, but checks it." -- HORATIO SEYMOUR
"When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence." -- GARY LLOYD
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." -- DANIEL WEBSTER
Don Imus: "What if Gore had won and Bush, what if the roles were reversed? How would, I wouldn’t want to include you in this, but how would the liberal weenies of the news media be treating this if the roles were reversed?"

Newsweek reporter Howard Fineman: "Oh, my God. Are you kidding? That George Bush was a crybaby, that he was the spoiled son of a failed President. You know, you could just hear, the personal attacks on Bush would be just absolutely vicious."
­ Radio’s Imus in the Morning simulcast on MSNBC, November 28, 2000.


"Jesse Jackson's living depends on the maintenance of an African-American victim culture" -- Mark Steyn in Canada's National Post
It takes courage to set priorities because doing so is an admission that American policy cannot be all things to all people - or rather to all interest groups - Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor designate on setting U.S. Foreign Policy.
"If the Democrats wanted Al Gore as their President then they should have voted for impeachment!"
No wonder Al Gore thinks he is president - this is a most confusing time. The leading rap singer is white, the world's best golfer is black, and Bill Clinton just got back from Vietnam.
CHAD - Count by Hand for the Advantage of the Democrats!
"Al Gore couldn't be more phony if he were a professional Al Gore impersonator" -- Dennis Miller
"Here we will have possibly a bunch of tax dodgers deciding the election." -- Time’s Margaret Carlson on Florida absentee ballots from military personnel, on MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, November 8. Florida does not have an income tax.
"I voted for Gore because he was the better man for the job. I can't help thinking that he no longer is." -- Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen
The blue [Gore-Liberman] zones encompass at least their share of aberrations and outrages. For example: the hacking to death of Yankel Rosenbaum by a mob shouting "Kill the Jew!" (New York), the Rodney King riots and O. J. Simpson's two Free murders (California) , the hounding of two  fathers who had The temerity to tape a "youth only workshop" at which boys in public schools were instructed in techniques of sodomy (Massachusects), the nation's last attempt by state authorities to restrict voting by race, struck down just this past February;by the U.S. Supreme Court (Hawaii).
Joe Lieberman? All yarmulke, no Torah. 
"Nothing is the matter with Mr. Gore except that he can't be elected." -- New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"I think we need to be very suspicious of any kind of partnerships between the Jews at that kind of level, because we know that their interest primarily has to do with money." -- Dallas NAACP president Lee Alcorn on Al Gore's selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, to be his vice presidential running mate.
Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Bush: 0.1
Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore: 13.2
"Random political acts produce random political results. Why waste even a rock?" -- Abbie Hoffman
"Braintree resident Arthur Stimp lodges a formal complaint with the City of Boston over what he calls "vulgar" First Night activities. Stimp later retracts his complaint after realizing that he had inadvertently wandered into the Ramrod nightclub, which was hosting a "Fist Night" celebration." -- Boston Phoenix predictions for 2001
Most of us could get along better with much less government than we have; there are others though who seem to require lifelong shepherding from pre-natal care to the electric chair. It makes no sense to talk of self-government to a man who cannot even govern his own behavior. -- Paul Kirchner
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato
"Give Bush 10 minutes before you hammer him. I think he's going to surprise people. He sounds simple and uncomplicated, but maybe that's what we need now. He's not as stupid as everyone thinks. I like the guy." -- Actor James Woods, a democrat
I don't get you liberal Democrats: when we're talking about Bill Clinton and some office bimbo, you say that lack of penetration doesn't count; but when it comes to ballots, lack of penetration DOES count.
I'm comfortable doing a political film for the left. [But] if somebody cast me in "The Charlton Heston Story," I probably wouldn't do it. -- Janeane Garofalo [Don't worry, parts in that film would require acting.]
"The merit of our Constitution is not that it promotes democracy, but checks it." -- Horatio Seymour
"Isn't the basis of a democracy to send somebody to Washington to bring something back for you? ... It isn't? " -- Bryant "Clueless liberal" Gumbel
"I voted Republican this year. The Democrats left a really bad taste in my mouth." -- Monica Lewinsky
"Merrill Lynch is issuing three new bonds. The Monica, which has no maturity; the Gore, which has no interest; the Clinton, which has no principal." -- "Washington's joke du jour"
"Just one Bush justice on the court means left-wingers might have to start actually winning votes for their wacky ideas; a prescription for liberal extinction." -- MSNBC Columnist Jay Severin, Feb. 2001
Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.
William F. Buckley mocks the idea, promoted by Communist China, that America's missile defense is a hostile act: "It requires generations of intellectual docility, especially cultivated during the Cultural Revolution, for readers of the press of the People's Republic to assume that the development of an anti-missile system is a warlike initiative. What is it alleged that we would do, rain down anti-missiles over Peking?"
"A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless." -- Justice Antonin Scalia
Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are "acceptable crimes" when used for the animal cause. -- Far Left Extremist Terrorist group PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco
Majority rule sounds great until it's your blood the mob is howling for.
"Only in Massachusetts does a 'temporary tax surcharge' last for 11 years, but a 'lifetime auto registration' is good for only two." -- Barbara Anderson
"I'm getting a little tired of politicians trying to prove how "moderate" and "centrist" they are by taking more of my money and freedom. Where's this center -- somewhere between Lenin and Stalin? -- Ann Coulter
"A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." -- Far Left Extremist politican Joseph Stalin
I believe a self-righteous liberal with a cause is more dangerous than a Hell's Angel with an attitude.
"All white people, I don't believe, are intolerant. That's why I say I love the individuals, but I don't like the race." -- former Rep. Barbara Rose Collins, Michigan Democrat, Detroit Free Press, 1996
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