Signature Quotes: Politics, Part 9

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"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
"Communism and socialism is seductive. It promises us that people will contribute according to ability and receive according to needs. Everybody is equal. Everybody has a right to decent housing, decent food and affordable medical care. History should have taught us that when we hear people talk this stuff -- watch out!" -- Walter Williams
"In U.S. politics, 'compassion' means giving money and privileges to well organized interest groups at everyone else's expense." -- Paul Craig Roberts
"I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself." -- Robert Bork
"No legislative act contrary to the Constitution can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy (agent) is greater than his principal; that the servant is above the master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people; that men, acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid. It is not to be supposed that the Constitution could intend to enable the representatives of the people to substitute their will to that of their constituents. A Constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by judges as fundamental law. If there should happen to be a irreconcilable variance between the two, the Constitution is to be preferred to the statute." -- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #78
"In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." --Thomas Jefferson
"On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." -- Thomas Jefferson, to Justice William Johnson, 1823
"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people' (10th Amendment). To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible to any definition." -- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to George Washington,15 February, 1791
"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the people.' 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. 'We the people' are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the people' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the people' are free. This belief has been the underlying basis for everything I've tried to do these past eight years." -- US President Ronald Reagan
"Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them." -- Joseph Sobran
"The Constitution is like my old blue dress ... it doesn't fit anymore." -- Rep. Ellen Tauscher, (democrat, California)
"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." -- Winston Churchill
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." -- Alexis De Tocqueville
"Democracy and liberty are not the same. Democracy is little more than mob rule, while liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual." -- Walter Williams
"Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country." -- Ambrose Bierce
"Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third." -- Ambrose Bierce
"There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder." -- US President Ronald Reagan
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." -- Theodore Roosevelt
"I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from here." -- Madeleine K. Albright, Billy Jeff Clinton's Secretary of State
"All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should." -- Samuel Adams
"Liberty is always dangerous -- but it is the safest thing we have." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick
"The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of America is justice and securing the blessings of liberty." -- George Will
"As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated." -- Charlton Heston
"The right to be heard does not include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey
"There may be honor among thieves, but there's none in politicians." -- Peter O'Toole, in "Lawence of Arabia"
"The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principle of private morality." -- US President George Washington
"The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal." -- Peter Brimelow, [and others] National Review 02/01/93
"The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined." -- T. S. Eliot
"Pure, hard-core liberals believe in a superior race. They think they're it. They believe they're more intelligent than the general run of mankind, better suited than the little people are to manage the little people's lives. They think they have the one true vision, the ability to solve all the moral dilemmas of the century. They prefer big government because that is the first step to totalitarianism, toward unquestioned rule by the elite. And of course they see themselves as the elite." -- Dean Koontz, The Face of Fear
"Socialist: A man suffering from an overwhelming conviction to believe what is not true." -- H. L. Mencken
"Today the old-fashioned liberal pretension of equality is dead. Replacing it is naked power and the use of government to protect and expand the privileged status of the Democratic Party and its courtiers and constituents. Liberals have become reactionaries, behaving as kings did centuries ago by robbing their opponents to reward their vassals. Liberals now believe that the main purpose of government is to play favorites, to bring down their foes and give privileges to their friends." -- Lowell Ponte
"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." -- Vladimir I. Lenin
"One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when somebody needs a cop." -- Gen. Colin Powel
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel." -- Ayn Rand
"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, 'The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.'" -- President Ronald Reagan
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence." -- President Ronald Reagan
"In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. ... I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power." -- Alexis de Tocqueville
"There's no question I am an idealist, which is another way of saying 'I am an American.'" - Ronald Reagan, 1993
"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated." -- President Ronald Reagan
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." -- Edward Abbey
If "Iraq" is Arabic for "Vietnam" then "Vietnam" is Lefty for "hippie mid-life crisis". -- Protest Warrior
"The great creators - the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors - stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible... But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won." -- Ayn Rand
"I'd actually love to think that I could trust Kerry on national security. But the only way I could do that, at this point, would be via self-delusion." -- Glenn Reynolds
"Wait until France gets a hard shot in the nose. Wait until France reacts with some nasty work. They'll get a golf-clap from the chattering class over here and a you-go-girl from Red America. France could nuke an Algerian terrorist camp and the rest of the world would tut-tut for a day, then ask if the missiles France used were for sale. And of course the answer would be oui." -- James Lileks
"The implicit deal the government has always had with worthless, rich WASPs is they get trivial, make-work jobs with the Foreign Service so they can go around calling themselves "diplomats"; but the trade-off is, they're not supposed to make fools of themselves or commit treason. It's not that high a hurdle." -- Ann Coulter on Joe Wilson
"Democratic candidate John Kerry on Tuesday chose fellow Senator John Edwards to be his running mate. Asked about Edwards' lack of foreign policy experience, Kerry revealed his new campaign slogan, 'I Promise Not to Die.'" -- Dennis Miller
"Democrats are not angry about 9/11. Sad, maybe -- sad that it didn't happen on Clinton's watch so his legacy would be more than a semen stain. But they're not angry." -- Ann Coulter
"Moore's only concession to the Democrats' role-playing is to deny that he is a Democrat, hoping enough Americans were taught by public school teachers that no one will know how to look up Moore's voter registration card. ("Democrat.")" -- Ann Coulter
"Homo Sovieticus is like the prostitute who believes that all women are whores because she is." -- Valentin Turchin
"Walking back from the convention site I chatted with a normal Bostonian for several blocks -- who must have identified me through our covert system of signals. He was mostly bemused by the Democrats' primetime speakers and told me he used to be an independent, but for the last 20 years found himself voting mostly Republican. Then he corrected himself and said he votes for the American." -- Ann Coulter
"There Is No Terrorist Threat In This Country. This Is A Lie. This Is The Biggest Lie We've Been Told." -- Michael Moore, October 2003
RUDY GIULIANI ON FAHRENHEIT 9/11 "I havenít seen it. I donít really need Michael Moore to tell me about September 11th." -- Rudy Giuliani on Fahrenheit 9/11
[T]he UN's mission -- as seen by many of its members - is not to solve threats to peace, but to constrain the United States from pursuing its interests.
"That's pretty tough talk from a guy who has fewer days at work this year than he has houses." -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on John Kerry
"The John Edwards we know crushed [obstetrics, gynecology] and neurosurgery in North Carolina. As a result, thousands of patients lost their health care." -- Dr. Craig VanDerVeer, a Charlotte neurosurgeon.
"Democrats haven't been this upset about an American engaging in free speech since Juanita Broaddrick opened her yap." -- Ann Coulter
"The media will spend weeks going through pay stubs for Bush's National Guard service in Alabama in the waning days of war, but if Kerry tells them exotic tales of covert missions into Cambodia directed by Richard Nixon, they don't even bother to fact-check who was president in December 1968." -- Ann Coulter
"My mother was my Girl Scout leader, and George's mother was his Cub Scout leader. In fact, that's when some say her hair turned white." -- First lady Laura Bush,addressing a group of women, August 2004
"The press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary." -- Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
"Barbarians as rule tend to vote for those who promise the most material or spiritual loot, which in the present time are the Despocrats.
Citizen soldiers tend to vote for those who seek to preserve their civilization, which at the moment are the Republicans." -- Lesile Bates
As any gardener or broadcast television employee can tell you, it's good to have the vegetables rooting for you.
"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff." -- Frank Zappa
"Communism is like prohibition, it's a good idea but it won't work." -- Will Rogers
"I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many of the prejudices of the few." -- Benjamin Disraeli
"If there had been any formidable body of cannibals in the country, Harry Truman would have promised to provide them with free missionaries fattened at the taxpayer's expense." -- H.L. Mencken, 1948
"The left takes its vision seriously -- more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds. But that requires us to be sheep." -- Thomas Sowell
The lefties still have these bizarre ideas like "Republicans only like missionary style, in the dark, in order to make babies, because they really don't like sex."
Where the reality is that Ann Coulter would kill Bill Clinton. He'd die happy, but she would be beating on his corpse yelling, "That's it?!!? That's just like you damn liberals! All talk, no action!"
"Listening to John Kerry complain about the scrutiny his Vietnam record is getting is like Pamela Anderson complaining about the fact that guys keep staring at her breasts. What the hell did you expect?" -- Michael Graham
"Progressives equate fascism with with all that's wrong with the world...They tend to forget that we're Socialists too." -- Reason
"Because sometimes the assumption that you're a sweet piece of ass because you're for Kerry gets annoying." -- An ABB left coast poly not quite as liberal as some people think she is.
"Think of Iraq as "East Korea," because it was a shoot the cuffs war for the edification of Kim Jong Il to let him know we've now circled the SUVs. Iraq was about breaking adhesions, getting lean, staying frosty -- in short, getting ready for the big Doug MacArthur Memorial Cage Match to come." -- Dennis Miller
"There is no escaping this fight. It is civilization or Jihadism. We can and should debate tactics; but the sides are clear enough." -- Andrew Sullivan
"Personally, I'd rather have pins stuck in my eyes than endure a conversation with John Kerry, but I'd love to hang with Bush." -- Liberal columnist Andrew Sullivan
"Cubans are wrong Hispanics. They have never figured out that they're an oppressed minority, entitled to lie around sucking Uncle Sam's nipple and being patronized by liberal politicians. So they're generally conservative" -- Hog on Ice
"I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home." -- democrat Senator Zell Miller on President George W. Bush
"Perhaps like the many and various meanings of the word "we," liberals use the word "unsubstantiated" to mean "tested repeatedly and proved true."" -- Ann Coulter
NRO: Why aren't there more Zell Millers in the Democratic party?
MILLER: The Democratic tent has shrunk to the size of a dunce cap.
Moonbat: Someone on the extreme edge of the political left who has long abandoned fact & logic in the pursuit of spewing their socialist crapaganda. (ie Al Franken, Michael Moore, and Janeane Garafalo, to name but a few.) Ann Coulter is the absolute antithesis of a moonbat.
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy" -- John Adams
"There is a school of thought here that the Kerry people dumped this in our laps, figuring we'd do the heavy lifting on the story. That maybe they had doubts about these documents but hoped we'd get more information. If that's the case, then we're bigger fools than we already appear to be judging by all the chatter about how these documents could be forgeries" -- unnamed CBS producer, quoted by "The Prowler," AKA at Wlady Pleszczynski
"[Today's left] would have left us with Slobodan Milosevic in power, Bosnia ethnically cleansed, Kosovo part of Greater Serbia, Afghanistan under the Taliban, and Iraq the property of a psychopathic crime family. Now, I'm sorry to say, I've no patience with that leftist mentality anymore." -- Christopher Hitchens
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." -- Thomas Jefferson
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -- John Adams
"The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him." -- Jim Samuels
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level." -- Norman Mailer
"I hope when you are my age, you'll be able to say - as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom. Our lives were a statement, not an apology." -- President Ronald W. Reagan
"I intend to vote for President George W. Bush in the next election, because in my view, he is best able to wage the war against international terrorism." -- Former NYC Mayor (and democrat) Ed Koch, 2004
"That's why I like Bush. He doesn't over-think it. He wakes up every morning, jumps out of bed, lands on his two feet, scratches his balls, and says, "Let's kill some f@#@$ing terrorists!"" -- Dennis Miller on Jay Leno 10/6/04
"Liberals can't just come out and say they want to take more of our money, kill babies, and discriminate on the basis of race." -- Ann Coulter
"At least when right-wingers rant, there's a point." -- Ann Coulter
"Why not go to war just for oil? We need oil. What do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to them?" -- Ann Coulter
"We cannot fight communism all over the world, and I think we should have learned that lesson by now." -- John F. Kerry to the US Senate in 1971. He was wrong.
"Most Europeans are political morons who are on the wrong side of every issue. If we listened to them, we'd be a little unimportant country that has to kiss superpower ass, just like they are". -- Hog on Ice
"French Whores are Always the Best" -- Hog on Ice
"I'm a Democrat voting for Bush, even though on economic issues, from taxes to government regulation, I'm not happy with the Republican positions. But we're at war, and electing a president who is committed to losing it seems to be the most foolish thing we could do. Personal honesty is also important to me, and Kerry is obviously not in the running on that point, given that he can't keep track of the facts in his own autobiography." -- Orson Scott Card
"The tendency of the UN and its major supporters is to think good intentions and mild to rampant corruption are as good as actual results." -- John Hamill
"[Democrats] are lusting after the Presidency like Gollum for the Ring." -- Jason Van Steenwyk
"I Actually Voted For John Kerry Before I Voted Against Him." -- 2004 presidential campaign bumper sticker
Q:Iraq is just like Vietnam:
A:Yeah, I remember when our troops invaded North Vietnam and captured Ho Chi Mihn and put him on trial for war crimes, and then turned sovereignty over the the Vietnamese in less than a year. You're right, the parallels are striking.
Q:Didn't you see Farenheit 9/11?:
A:Yes I did, and now I can say I know what it feels like to be the only black man at a klan meeting.
"What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority." -- Walter Lippmann
"May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Remember to Party Responsibly: Don't DRINK and VOTE! The politician you wake up with in the morning you're stuck with for the next 2-6 years!"
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