Signature Quotes: Politics, Part 8

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"Liberal, shmiberal. That should be a new word. Shmiberal: one who is assumed liberal, just because he's a professional whiner in the newspaper. If you'll read the subtext for many of those old strips, you'll find the heart of an old-fashioned Libertarian. And I'd be a Libertarian, if they weren't all a bunch of tax-dodging professional whiners." -- Berkeley Breathed
"More people have been killed by totalitarian regimes, during times of peace, than in all the wars in the world combined." -- John Ringo
"The Democratic Party opposes tax cuts but it cannot say so publicly. Thus, it is forced to support the idea of lowering the tax burden but using class warfare rhetoric to dispute the allocation of the relief." -- Dick Morris
"We in politics are accustomed to seeing reality firsthand and then watching its distant cousin, events as portrayed by the media, unfold on our televisions. We know that what happened in Congress and what is reported to have taken place are two very different things. But that disjuncture, so familiar to politicians, is new to the viewing public. By seeing war and war coverage juxtaposed nightly on their screens, Americans have learned the crucial lesson: not to trust the news anchors." -- Dick Morris
"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people." -- William O. Douglas
Bush, Blair, CIA..How many kids did you kill today?"
Probably a lot less than died during the average day under Stalin, Hussein or Pol Pot, but I may be wrong.
Posted by: Kim du Toit
"Hands Off Cuba... Stop US Aggresion"?
We've got an embargo on them, how much more hands off can we get?
Posted by: Scott Janssens
Brokaw: Senator Kerry, what about the French? Are they friends, are they enemies, or something in between at this point?
Kerry (democrat - Taxachusetts): The French are the French. I think there's a...
Brokaw: Very profound, Senator.
"The dismissive notion that conservatives leak to outlets on the right for ideological reasons ignores the fact that liberals often do the same thing with news organizations that are either left-of-center or likely to be sympathetic to the message being peddled." -- Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Terry Gross had Triumph the Insult Dog on her Fresh Air program the other day. Here's an extract:
Triumph: I can't believe the government is paying for this interview. That's what I can't believe. My money that could be going to Pekinese hookers is instead going to this, you know, public radio that is obviously more slanted than my [dooda] after I [shagged] a St. Bernard.
"You can count on a few things in this world. The swallows will return to Capistrano. Salmon will spawn. Canada's geese will fly south for the winter. And tax cuts will create growth" -- Investor's Business Daily
"If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want bread." -- Thomas Jefferson
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." -- Barry Goldwater
"It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can be regulated by Congress." -- David Friedman, THE MACHINERY OF FREEDOM (p.146)
"...when a reporter is quoting Sid Blumenthal on president Bush, you know he's scraping the barrel." -- Andrew Sullivan
"[Senator] Kerry [democrat MA] is emerging as the worst of all the viable Democratic candidates. He has the backbone of Clinton and the charm of Gore." -- Andrew Sullivan
"Well, if I use Hispanic culture I get corruption and really good salsa music. If I use Chinese culture I get rigid thinking and decent Szechwan. If I use Islamic culture I get...not damned much of anything. And ditto for Africa although at least the rhythm is good and you can dance to it. But if I use Western European Culture I get industry, higher standards of living, longer lifespans and a generally "happier" society. Damn, I think I'll just have to go with WesternCiv even if I do have to put up with the Lutherans." -- John Ringo
"[T]he myth that there was somehow a magic wand in the early 1980s to cure AIDS - a wand that Reagan deliberately refused to wave - is now almost conventional wisdom." -- Andrew Sullivan
"At least when right-wingers rant there's a point." -- Ann Coulter
"It could be a lot worse." President Gore: "The problem is, we have yet to convince the Taliban they are fellow passengers on spaceship Earth." --Will Durst
"You can't kill America. We're more than a nation. We're a notion. We're an idea. The American Dream. You never heard of the Afghanistani Dream have you. Except by bearded hermetic recluses with a fetish for uneducated women dressed as giant shuttlecocks." -- Will Durst
"[M]ore Americans work for federal, state or local government than work in any form of manufacturing. We crossed that Rubicon about 10 years ago." -- Ann Coulter
"...environmentalism has already killed somewhere between 10-30 million people since the 1970s" -- Michael Crichton, September 15, 2003
"Saddam Hussein's continued life is more of a problem than Osama bin Laden's," -- former Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Christian Science Monitor, November 2003
"Ending torture and tyranny in Iraq was not a mistake. Supporting democracy in Iraq is not a mistake. Helping the long-suffering Muslims of Iraq who now seek to live democratically is not a mistake. In the long, long history of the Middle East, this breakthrough may one day be ranked as a dramatic turning point in regional history." -- Michael Novak
"I think we are all disgusted by the way George W. Bush's administration has allowed honesty and candor to seep into the genteel world of international affairs." -- David Brooks, the New York Times.
"[D]id you really expect fairness on the environmental issue? For a swathe of reporters, this is not a matter of empirical reporting; it's a matter of faith. Bush cannot be pro-environment because he's Bush." -- Andrew Sullivan
I'm left on a lot of things. If two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If a nut case from overseas wants to blow up their wedding, that's when I'm right. (Sept. 11) was a big thing for me. I was saying to liberal America, "Well, what are you offering?" And they said, "Well, we're not going to protect you, and we want some more money." That didn't interest me. -- Dennis Miller
"...(C)ommunism, evil though it was, at least was premised on a universalist vision of a better world. Why does the left now defend fascist regimes? Because they're no longer for anything; what's important is what they're against: America, Israel, "Eurocentric" civilization. The motto of today's reactionary left ought to be "The enemy of my country is my friend." -- James Taranto
"As the economic outlook brightens, Democrats depend on the situation in Iraq to defeat Bush. That only deepens the party's dilemma. Surveys taken after Saddam Hussein's capture for the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll show just 37 percent of Democrats think Iraq was worth going to war. But among all other voters, such support reached 70 percent (amounting to 61 percent nationally if Democrats are included)." -- Robert Nowak
"I, Howard Dean, resolve to be the candidate for conspiracy theorists, militant pacifists, and those who only take their foot out of their mouth to shoot it." -- Nate Coates, Washington
"Political Correctness is inverted McCarthyism." -- Dennis Miller
"[moveon.org] is about lies and a distortion of history." -- Simon Wiesenthal Center
"I think [Iraq is] going well. It breaks my heart whenever anybody dies, but we liberated 25 million people who were living under a dictator. It puts us on the side of democracy in the Arab world. Twenty years from now, we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort. This is not just another democracy. This is a democracy in an Arab world..." -- former democrat Senator, and New School University president, Bob Kerrey, December 29, 2003.
"If you look at the caucuses system, they are dominated by the special interests, in both sides, in both parties," -- democrat Howard Dean on the Canadian TV show "The Editors" in 2000.
By this point, the coffee was working on me, and the other Koffi was following close on my heels. I went to the men's room, and opened the door to one of the stalls. These stalls, incidentally, are not like regular bathroom stalls: they are more like closets with a toilet. My eyes grew wide.

"I can't believe it!" I said. "It's the several billion dollars unaccounted for from the United Nations Food for Oil program!"

"But I thought that was in Switzer -- I mean, are you sure?" Anan asked me, surprised. -- John Nowak's running commentary on being an American in Paris


"The one man more responsible for destroying the Democratic centrist revival, for throwing away the Clinton legacy, and for suicidally pitching his party to the populist left was Al Gore" -- Andrew Sullivan
"How much courage does it take for Dean to throw red meat to the party faithful?" -- The left wing magazine The New Republic on Howard Dean
" I don't believe that the Grande Arche does a good job of "symbolizing Franceís central role in politics and world economy." I think that would be done better by a sculpture of an enormous poodle lying on its back with its legs in the air. Add some motors and make it kick pathetically. I guess that what my doctor said is true: it's like the French actually believe their country is important or something." -- John Nowak's running commentary on being an American in Paris
"Perhaps Mr. Shesol does not read the newspapers, but the Florida votes were counted several times both before and after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, and every time Al Gore lost." -- George Vandervoort, Brown University, Calss of 1958
"Diplomacy has more to do with (credible) threats than with sweet reason. And "threats from America" are a lot more credible, nowadays." -- Glenn Reynolds
"I think abortion's wrong, but it's none of my business to tell somebody what's wrong," he said. "So I'm pro-choice. I want to keep my nose out of other people's personal business. I guess I fall into conservative when it comes to protecting the United States in a world where a lot of people hate the United States." -- Dennis Miller
"Dennis Kucinich's politics are more scrambled than Rod Steiger's dream journal." -- Dennis Miller
"We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, fireside chat on national defense, May 26, 1940
When God made the oyster, he guaranteed his absolute economic and social security. He built the oyster a house, his shell, to shelter and protect him from his enemies. But when God made the Eagle, He declared, "The blue sky is the limit - build your own house!". The Eagle, not the oyster, is the emblem of America.
"Michael Moore: a man who never without an excuse for keeping murdering tyrants in power. But now he's supporting the man who bombed Milosevic into submission? How about an explanation, Mr Moore?" -- Andrew Sullivan
"...the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Races didn't bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls." -- Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress, "The American Cause," address delivered at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 1940
"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon - if I can. I seek opportunity - not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done. All this is what it means to be an American." -- Dean Alfange
"Only a bunch of despot-huggers would believe that the common people are better off living in fear of being fed feet-first into a plastic shredder and having their daughters and wives raped by the son of the dictator. The leaders of the Democratic Party (or more accurately, the Despotic Party) whine about how conservatives lack compassion but are invariably unconcerned about the victims of Socialist despots like Saddam, Stalin, Mao, Fidel, Pol Pot, and the North Korean father-son team the Kims." -- Leslie Bates
"[Senators John Kerry & John Edwards] have risen high in Democratic polls with a brand of class resentment and soak-the-rich rhetoric rooted in the old-fashioned liberalism of Ted Kennedy." -- William Safire
Annoy a Leftist: Think!
Yep. You win the war on terrorism by terrorizing the terrorists, their friends and the nations that support them. You win the war on terrorism by taking the war to their nations, their villages, their spider-holes, their beds. You win the war on terrorism by fucking them up before they can fuck you up.

Unless, of course, you want that bomb to go off in Times Square. In which case you vote Democrat in '04.
-- An anoymous blogger


"The economy we enjoyed in the 90s was an illusion. It was simply not real. Greenspan warned us all time and again about our "irrational exhuberance" but we were too wrapped up in the giddy thrill of easy money. And that illusion finally evaporated. Along with a lot of my money. I know it is tempting to keep harping back to those times but it is really important in honest discussion to keep the facts straight." -- From a liberal in the Blogsphere
"Frankly, sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey. Take a little bite of it, and he will throw his own feces at you."--Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.), on his New York colleague, quoted in the New York Daily News, Feb. 20
Do you criticize Republicans because you think they judge people by the color of their skin, yet support Affirmative Action?
Do you think that UN approval was irrelevant when Bill Clinton wanted to go into Kosovo, but that our invasion of Iraq will be "illegitimate" if the UN doesn't approve?
Do you think Ann Coulter is mean spirited, vicious, & shrill, but Maureen Dowd, Ted Rall, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, John Pilger, Margo Kingston, Tom Daschle, Noam Chomsky, Arianna Huffington, Molly Irvins, Eric Alterman & James Carville (among many others) are nice, sweet-natured, and reasonable?
"Unnamed entertainment industry moguls are now telling the New York Times that they intend never to work with Mel Gibson again. After all, how dare Mel Gibson challenge the public by producing a film that spurs public discussion, that pushes the envelope, that takes an old story to a new level. How dare Mel Gibson follow his own passion as a filmmaker. How dare he make $20 million on the opening day box office!" -- Laura Ingraham
"Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning (laughter)" -- Donald Rumsfeld
"Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up." -- Donald Rumsfeld
"Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal." -- Donald Rumsfeld
The religion that has transformed Western civilization for two millennia is a blank slate for liberals. Their closest reference point is "conservative Christians," meaning people you're not supposed to hire. And these are the people who carp about George Bush's alleged lack of "intellectual curiosity." -- Ann Coulter
"You sort of see him sitting at home with a powdered wig watching C-SPAN. For John Kerry, being rebellious is having red wine with fish." -- Matthew Cooper, Time magazine's White House correspondent
"Let's be honest: Kerry has no idea what it is to be even a middle-class white in this country." -- Glenn Reynolds
"It's impossible to imagine the Democratic Party seeking a pro-life, free-trading, non-protectionist, deficit hawk." -- Republican Senator John McCain
"Nihilists...fuck me. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism...at least it's an ethos..." -- The Big Lebowski
"You aren't really a liberal, you're just stupid!"
"Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.: -- President Ronald Reagan
The United States remains the last best hope for a mankind plagued by tyranny and deprivation. America is no stronger than its people - and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together then one day we will say, "We fought the good fight. We finished the race We kept the faith." And to our children and our children's children we can say, "We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given to us here on earth" -- President Ronald Reagan
"Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act." -- President Ronald Reagan
"Why should we be frightened? No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than the living Americans, those Americans living in this land today." -- President Ronald Reagan
"There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob." -- Ayn Rand
"Don't work for my happiness, my brothers--show me yours--show me that it is possible--show me your achievement--and the knowledge will give me courage for mine." -- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead.
"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values." -- Ayn Rand, American novelist and philosopher
Liberal: one who tolerates all beliefs and opinions except those with which he disagrees.
Leftist: a liberal who bites.
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of American. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." -- President George W. Bush addressing the nation on the evening of September 11, 2001
"For many Washington liberals, terrorism was not the instrument of political fanatics and evil men, but was the product of social conditions - poverty, racism and oppression - for which the Western democracies, including Israel were always ultimately to blame." -- David Horowitz
John Hawkins: What do you say to your critics who claim that you attack liberals just as viciously as you say Conservatives are attacked by liberals?
Ann Coulter: Our insults are true.
"I'm listening to the daily press briefing from the Iraqi theater.
A fair number of these reporters are very concerned about how fast the US & it's allies are supplying aid to the liberated Iraqi cities. Where the fornication where these concerned journalists when these same Iraqi civlians were being starved, killed by nerve gas, and suffering other atrocities committed by Saddam's government?" -- Mark Urbin, March 28, 2003
"For a man who claims to have lost his virginity to a chicken, he looks remarkably statesmanlike" -- G. Beato on democrat hit man Larry Flynt, "Xtreme Measures," Reason, May 2004.
Liberal democrat Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts is probably unelectable because he want to return to the Clinton policy of treating Terrorism as a Law Enforcement issue.
"Liberals are word-manglers. That's because their philosophy only makes "sense" when words don't." -- Found in Moxie's Blog
"If you want to be President, decide it at the age of five, and then live accordingly." -- Helen Thomas
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mills
"In academia, left-liberalism is so entrenched its advocates' debating skills have gone rusty. When you've been talking to yourself for decades and imposing speech codes on everyone else, your ability to argue coherently - let alone entertainingly - inevitably wanes." -- Andrew Sullivan
"It's only because you can now watch cheerfully biased Fox News that you begin to realize how cheerlessly biased CNN really is - and always was. Or CBS. Or ABC. Or the BBC." -- Andrew Sullivan
"Defeating Saddam was a cakewalk. Dealing with liberals, er, insurgents, is not so easy." -- l555l
"Today such mock-serious people drive to work in new Hondas with GREENPEACE stickers on the bumper; they get 35 mpg to your SUVís 26 mpg, so they are Saving the Planet while you are trading Blood for Oil. See how easy it is?" -- Bill, a reformed liberal
"I have a "glamour job" on the Hill. That is, I could not care less about government or politics, but working for a Senator looks good on my resume. And these marble hallways are such great places for meeting boys and showing off my outfits!" -- Washingtonienne
"As I was leaving Nancy Pelosi decided to go skinny dipping (a hairy hypocrite ≠ I thought she was anti-bush), so I may have to find another neighbor to sponge off." -- Moxie
"Gore did not used to be like this. He was a sane, sober, well-bought politician. Now he is a spittle-flecked lunatic, a raving psychotic, who 3.5 years ago was 600-odd votes away from the nukular football." -- Velociworld
"Vietnam was Kennedy and Johnson's "ill advised foreign adventure", but the Leftist "We have always been at war with Eastasia." world, Vietnam was all Nixon's fault." -- Mark Urbin
"No torture has yet been devised that could get a liberal to mention the poor, beleaguered Kurds dancing in the streets because Saddam is gone." -- Ann Coulter
"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." -- Nikita Khrushchev
"The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written." -- Ronald Reagan
"In an ironic sense, Karl Marx was right. We are witnessing today a great revolutionary crisis -- a crisis where the demands of the economic order are colliding directly with those of the political order. But the crisis is happening not in the free, non-Marxist West, but in the home of Marxism-Leninism, the Soviet Union.... [Communism will be] left on the ash heap of history." -- Ronald Reagan
"It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of history.... [It is] the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people." -- Ronald Reagan
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