Signature Quotes: Politics, Part 13

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"It is perfect, delicious irony that Dan Rather, scourge of Dick Nixon, is now spending his winter years pacing around muttering to himself about dark conspiracies against him." -- Ace
"The proof of liberal virtue is generousity with other people's money." -- George Will
I am for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property... Communism is the goal. -- Roger Baldwin, the founder and leading force in the ACLU until 1981
The ACLU's record, far from showing a momentary wavering from impartiality, is replete with attemps to reform American society according to the wisdom of liberalism. The truth of the matters is that the ACLU has always been a highly politicized organization. -- William Donohue, legal scholar
"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache." -- Jack Mayberry
"Communism has defeated itself everywhere except... in American colleges." -- Paul Harvey, 13-Jan-1999
The New York Times now accepts that its liberal yuppie audience has been so successfully coccooned by their left-liberal bias that to inform them of discomfitting facts would constitute actual "cruelty." -- Ace
The western Left didn't give a tinker's damn for the fates of the Iranians, Lebanese, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Cubans, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, or even Russians, so long as the eeeevil American right-wingers were dealt a political defeat (and let's not even start on Israelis).
Why should anybody be surprised thay they could now care less about Iraqis? -- Will Collier
"The best protection from oppression is to make sure that no one - particularly the state - has a monopoly of force." -- Tod Glenn
"Marxists are never found under the bed. They are usually found in front of blackboards and behind desks." -- Doctor Susan Huck
The most common word I hear from Democratic partisans to describe their own party is 'pathetic.' -- New York Times columnist David Brooks
"Why is it that when the NYT and Judy Miller mis-reported the WMD threat, they made 'mistakes,' but when Bush turns out to (arguably) be wrong on the exact same topic and in exactly the same way, he told 'lies?'" -- Dave Gamble
"The big irony to savor at the center of the Valerie Plame case is that everything everyone thinks they know about Patrick Fitzgerald's leak investigation has been leaked." -- Eli Lake writing in the New York Sun
"This is what many people in the movie industry donít get: when you express hostility to conservatives, many Americans feel that you're expressing hostility to them." -- Michael Medved
"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one!" -- Alexander Hamilton
"There was plenty of evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons, by the way. That is not in dispute. There is plenty of evidence of that." -- democrat Senator Chris Dodd, Hardball, 11/7/2005
"The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as he [Saddam Hussein] is in power." -- democrat Senator Chris Dodd
"I think it's a very legitimate aspect of American life to criticize and to disagree and to debate. But I want to say I think it's a lie to say that the president lied to the American people. I sat on the Robb-Silverman Commission. I saw many, many analysts that came before that committee. I asked every one of them--I said, 'Did--were you ever pressured politically or any other way to change your analysis of the situation as you saw?' Every one of them said no." -- Senator John McCain, Face the Nation, 11/13/2005
"Some folks ask me what the transition was like from NASCAR reporter to political reporter. It's easy. In one, you try to explain to your readers the significance of grown-ups getting paid exorbitant amounts of money to go around in circles indefinitely, always turning left. In the other, you get to interview racecar drivers." -- Blogger Mary K. Ham on the transition from NASCAR reporter to political reporter
The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel: ultra-left class warrior, defender of the inheritance tax -- and trust-fund heiress who fought the IRS all the way to the Supreme Court to avoid paying $2 million in estate taxes.
"I'm frankly surprised no one in the media has acknowledged the fact that no one on this earth was more surprised to find out that there were no WMDs than Saddam himself. And he didnít know for a very good reason. He had a bad habit of killing the messenger." -- Ron Scott
"The American Left complains that we have no right to be the world's police force. On the contrary. We've been the world's janitor for almost a century, and after September 11, it became obvious it's better, safer, and more productive to change things instead of cleaning up after the mess." -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution
"(T)he Left has moved so far to the left that this pro-choice, lesbian feminist is now considered a Right-Winger!" -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution
"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon
I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes to disaster.
"Editing can alter the original meaning and context, and computers can alter the image itself. The camera can also be manipulated. At the very least, it must be turned in one direction -- only one direction at a time ... Who chooses what direction to point the camera, and why?" -- Dan Rather in a 7/8/98 speech
Unlike the liberal bloggers and readers, conservative bloggers and blog-readers are not, as a rule, diagnosable paranoid schizophrenics and general lunatics.

Conservative bloggers tend to discuss live, real issues. They take reasonable positions, certainly mainstream among conservatives, and reasonable even to moderates. (Even if moderates don't agree with this or that, it's not as if the position is simply absurd.)

Liberal bloggers tend to be obsessed with conspiracy theories, criminal investigations unlikely to result in convictions (and unrelated to actual policy debate, in any event), and general moonbattery. The basic dynamic of the sinestrosphere is everyone attempting to out-crazy each other, and, last time I checked, it's a million-way tie for first place. -- Ace

"Who defines terrorists? Today's terrorist is tomorrow's friend." -- Liberal activist Al Sharpton
"I don't care what the public wants, I'm going to give it what it needs!" -- democrat Senator Christopher Dodd
"What would be the difference if we retreated and let the French and Germans make decisions for the world? We tried that twice in the last century. Isolationsim, refusing to accept our role in the world, and delaying our response to evildoers ultimately cost fifty-three million lives in World War 2 alone. The preemption policy of the Bush administration, taking the war to the enemy and exporting democracy and freedom, has liberated fifty million." -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution
"(A)nything not acting as a propaganda arm for the Democrats or the Leftist agenda is considered conservative these days." -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for..." -- DNC Chairman Howard Dean
"George W. Bush is evil. He is a terrorist. He is evil. He is arrogant. And he is out of control." -- liberal columnist Julianne Malveaux
"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself. All we need is one more liar." -- MSM "journalist" Helen Thomas
"I heard Dennis Kucinich say in a debate, 'When I'm president... and I just wanted to stop him and say, 'Dude.'" -- Jon Stewart
"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks." -- democrat and former US President Woodron Wilson (1856-1924) addressing a group of businessmen shortly before WWI.
"A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of a the totalitarian state." -- Isabel Paterson (1886-1961)
"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and orginality." -- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Sun
"Some of these days they are going to remove so much of the "hooey" and the thousands of things the schools have become clogged up with, and we will find that we can educate our brooks for about one-tenth the price and learn 'em something they might accidentally use after they escape." -- Will Rogers (1879-1935)
"The French are our cowardly-canaries-in-the-German-crazytime-coalmine. We'll know Germany is a threat again the moment the French start kissing our fat American asses again." -- Ace
As Woody Allen said in Sleeper, "The New York Times is an organization that helps terrorists kill innocent civilians. Sort of as a public service." -- Ace
"Information Sharing Is Critical, Unless [G.W.] Bush Is Doing It, In Which Case It's Impeachable" -- Ace
"Opinion I can handle; it's biased narrative posing as objective reporting that really needs to stop." -- Jeff Goldstein, Protein Wisdom
"When are liberals like Kerry going to realize that sometimes, when you express opinions, those opinions are going to be criticized? The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, not the right to speak without having others disagree with you." -- Slublog
"It's sort of like a knife fight between Ted Kennedy and Michael Moore. You don't really want to cheer for either side but it's sure fun to watch." -- Small Town Veteran on Iraqi Insurgent groups declaring war against al-Qaeda
"Understanding politicians and what they are likely to do is much easier once you realise that almost everyone in politics (even the 'nice guys' who wear sensible cardigans and remind you of Wallace and Gromit) have more in common psychologically and morally with your typical member of a street gang than with most of the people who actually vote for them" -- Perry de Havilland, found on Samizdata blog.
Liberals are so amusing.

"Bush graduates Harvard and Yale, becomes the only Governor of Texas to be re-elected and defeats the most brilliant minds the Democrats can cobble together at every turn, and yet, he's the idiot? Right... He's the President, you're on second shift at Appleby's. You do the math." -- Confederate Yankee

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have." -- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, 1981-1989
"I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'." -- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, 1981-1989
"In Israel, free men and women are every day demonstrating the power of courage and faith. Back in 1948 when Israel was founded, pundits claimed the new country could never survive. Today, no one questions that. Israel is a land of stability and democracy in a region of tryanny and unrest." -- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, 1981-1989
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15." -- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, 1981-1989
The anecdotes on the insane, frothing-at-the-mouth liberals venting their spleens made me chuckle. There's nobody more intolerant and narrow-minded than an tolerant and open-minded liberal, is there?
Here's something I've noticed recently: Once I embraced the idea within myself that I wasn't going to even try to be "open-minded and tolerant of all cultures and ideologies" I actually became more open minded and tolerant than I was before! Isn't that wild?
It's like I have this big sphere of stuff I'll tolerate, and the stuff I won't tolerate exists outside the sphere. Take liberals for example. I tolerate 'em, sure. As a matter of fact, I think they're probably pretty necessary for a healthy society (can't have day without night and all that). Plus, if there were no liberals, what would people bicker about? The designated hitter rule?
But once you get into the spittle-flecked ravings of Ward Churchill or the creepy "pedophilia is a healthy life choice!" attitude of Nambla, well, they exist outside of my tolerance sphere, and I feel perfectly free in either ignoring or heaping big piles of steaming disgust on them. Intolerance is more tolerant than tolerance! Funny old world, isn't it? -- Brian Francoeur
The major winner overall in the War of 1812 has to have been the US Federal government, as it gained considerable power at the states' expense.
"The shot that Harry Whittington got in the face from Vice-President Cheney in a hunting accident will probably be less politically damaging than the shot Monica Lewinski got in the face from Bill Clinton." -- Mark Urbin
"What liberals don't seem to understand is that leadership isn't about doing what is popular. Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the most popular option. That's what separates leaders from followers. Bush is a leader." Matt
"That my alma mater would embrace an ambassador from one of America's declared and defeated enemies and in the same breath keep ROTC and military recruiters off campus shows where Yale's allegiance falls. Yale's actions show that they consider the U.S. military more evil than the Taliban." -- Yale alumnus and former Army Capt. Flagg Youngblood, Young America's Foundation program officer on Yale admitting Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban, into a nondegree program, with a chance to gain full degree status by 2006 [Washington Times, 3/2/2006]
Tax reform means "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree." -- Russell Long
"The Oscars is the one night of the year when you can see all your favorite stars without having to donate any money to the Democratic Party" -- Jon Stewart, hosting the Oscar Awards, March 2006
David Horowitz is the Noam Chomsky of Conservatism, except Horowitz actually knows what he's talking about.
We know many Democrats don't want to believe this, but millions of voters prefer to keep the money they earn. Really. We're not making this up.
"You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." -- US Senator and Conservative Icon Barry Goldwater
"Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me.'" -- George Orwell
"So we have a Democratic Party activist violating federal law by leaking classified information to an antiwar activist on the payroll of the Washington Post, which publishes the criminal leak and is awarded a prize by the left-wing Pulitzer committee." -- John at Powerline
"Always attack, Never defend." -- liberal democrat stratagist Paul Begala
"[Virginia] has a very sizeable collection of democrats, liberals and moonbats. (Yes, they can be separated.)" -- John Ringo
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." -- Will Rogers
"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate where it's safe, in America.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace activism the most?
-- Raymond S. Kraft
HELP THE WORLD'S POOR... Ban Socialism. Unban DDT.
"It isn't that liberals are ignorant. It's that they know so much that isn't so." -- President Ronald Reagan
"All the constitution guarantees is the pursuit of happiness. You have to catch up with it by yourself " -- Benjamin Franklin
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
"Hopely, she can become famous enough for having built her early career around "ass-fucking" or rumors of "ass-fucking" to deserve her own porno parody. Perhaps it will star an eager strawberry blond performer going by the name Anna Marie Coxx who will demonstrate far more "integrity" when it comes to "ass-fucking". Then it would serve our little wankette right if the public only confused them." -- llamajockey
"[Margaret Cho] is famous for hating the right people and being a minority, not due to any particular talent on her part. She's the modern version of the Emperor's New Clothes." -- Christopher Taylor
"There is a reason the Democrats have had only two Presidents since 1968 and have managed to lose control of both houses of Congress in recent years. There is a reason they keep snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. And itís not fraud and itís not dirty politics and itís not stupid voters. Itís the plain and simple fact that the majority of those who vote donít like them." -- Path Sayjak
"While the romanticized ideal of universal public education resonates with the cognoscenti who oppose vouchers, poor urban families just want the best education for their children, who will certainly need it to function in our high-tech and advanced society." -- Clarence Thomas
"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann
"But the final version of the Thirteenth Amendment--the one ending slavery--has an interesting story of its own. Passed during the Civil War years, when southern congressional representatives were not present for debate, one would think today that it must have easily passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Not true. As a matter of fact, although passed in April 1864 by the Senate, with a vote of 38 to 6, the required two-thirds majority was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 93 to 65. Abolishing slavery was almost exclusively a Republican party effort--only four Democrats voted for it."
Despite being an icon of the liberal '60s counter-culture, [Grace] Slick describes herself as a "life-long Republican".
"In a post-9/11 world, I feel that it's my duty as a woman to wear clingier clothing, flirt more outrageously, have more orgasms, an to get on top more often. In short, anything that's taboo to the Islamofacists." -- Shell
"My personal credo as a libertarian conservative: I think all attempts to reform your fellow-citizens or tell them how to live their lives are arrogant and tyrannical. THAT'S why I oppose Leftism. I want people to be free to manage their own lives. "Reform" is just authoritarianism. People are not playthings for anybody's theories or obsessions." -- John Ray, M.A., Ph.D.
"The bill's a textbook example of special interest pork barrel politics at work, and I have no choice but to veto it."-- President Ronald Reagan, on the original funding for the Boston Big Dig.
The Boston Big Dig, they promised a tunnel, but we got the shaft.
"And the "pre-invasion frenzy" that took 15 years...followed by overwhelming support in Congress and at the UN...TWICE!!" Some frenzy!" -- Tom Blogical
"But come on people, you do realize that when you put a 'oil bad' sticker on an SUV, you look like a flippen retard, right?" -- Risawn
"'These boat people,' says the government of Hong Kong, 'they all want to go to America.' Well, I swear I don't know why, do you? I mean, take Vietnam. Why would any Vietnamese come to America after what American did to Vietnam? Don't they remember My Lai, napalm, Sylvester Stallone?" -- Liberal commentator Linda Ellerbee
"Harry Reid's triumphant proclamation at a Democratic rally that "We killed the Patriot Act" will not be forgotten when the next terror attack hits our country - a day that will come all the sooner thanks to Reid's efforts, as many voters are aware." -- Van Helsing
"People with BDS believe Cindy "I shit on my son" Sheehan is a "peace" activist; that Michael "Urrrrp" Moore is a documentarian; that John "Hey, I got three Purple Hearts" Kerry deserved more than a self-promoted Silver Star for running a wounded VC kid to ground and shooting him in the back; that Teddy "Splash" Kennedy cares about the little guy; that the Democratic leadership does have something more than "We ainít Bush" to offer; that Bush really did desert the TANG; that Bush lied, but everyone else in the world was simply mistaken." -- Rickvid in Seattle
"You know, besides voting Republican, I do unplug my phone charger, use fluorescent bulbs in my house, turn off my computer monitor, keep the heat at 68 all winter (for the kids), and walk to the train stop and take mass transit to work every day. Why? So I can afford to pay my taxes, fool." -- St. Kansas
"If you're going to be a sexual predator, be a Democrat." -- Dick Morris
letís face it: nothing says "we value civil liberties" more than smoking bans, the surrender of private enterprise to a massive centrally-controlled government, municipal usurpation of private property to feed the common weal, and non-denominational holidays stripped of their celebratory cores and presented as simple, non-offensive husks, their blinking colored lights a reminder that even the most profoundly held beliefs can be reduced to low-wattage, community-approved superficiality -- Jeff Goldstein on liberals.
Every lefty will tell you it was Gorbachev who ended the cold war peacefully while that B-movie actor stood on the sidelines.
"Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself: 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin." -- Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)
"This is a worthy reminder of Kerry's fatal flaw as a politician -- not his ideology, really, but his lack of what Daniel Goleman calls "emotional intelligence." He has no sense of what he sounds like to other people or how his words might grate, especially when he's trying to be funny or clever -- and as a result, he just can't keep himself from saying self-destructive things." -- John Podhoretz
"It is intriguing to note that only liberal politicians and criminals make a steadfast habit of denying who they are." -- Center for Individual Freedom
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