Signature Quotes: Politics, Part 5

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"The West Wing" is a left-wing nocturnal emission--undriven by facts, based on dreams, its impulses as passionate as they are involuntary and as unreflective as they are genuine. -- Peggy Noonnan
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." - Thomas Jefferson
"Imagine how a Teddy Kennedy or a Bill Clinton would take the news that one woman in ten, say, has the power to resist his blandishments by deadly force, and you'll get a perfect idea of how a Charles Schumer or a George Bush feels about armed taxpayers." -- L. Neil Smith
"A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows we need more statesmen." -- Opus
"The [Boston] Globe not only on its editorial page but also in its news columns is an abscess of smug, unexamined left-wing assumption, which is just as unhealthy as smug, unexamined right-wing assumption. Both are a form of intellectual corruption or maybe just narcolepsy. The Globe neither challenges itself nor surprises its readers. Its sclerotic liberalism trudges along, like the Volga boatman, dreaming its own dreams." -- Time Magazine
George W. Bush was and is accepted as President by all but the 5% of the most partisan and ignorant democrats that are as vocal as they are stupid. And contrary to their inflamed assertions, the Supreme Court is held in higher esteem now than it was before they stopped the rogue Florida court and Gore from stealing the election.
"And for all you ACLU members out there without†an†A-C-L-U-E: When you hear a noise outside†your house in†the middle of the night and you fear for†your life and call†911, just be glad it's cops who show up at†your front door†and not Alan Dershowitz, because, believe†me, if it was†Dershowitz, you'd end up more fucked than†a tour group†in Amslerdam led by Wilt Chamberlain on Spanish†fly." -- Dennis Miller†
"I preume there are far too many abortions†performed in this†country. And I also believe that at the end†of the day,†as†much as I might disapprove, none of them†are really any†of my business." -- Dennis Miller
"This is Academia, dear. We only preach Freemdom of Speach, not practice it." - Non Sequitur
"Not even Sen. [Joseph] McCarthy was able to repress ideas he opposed as effectively as Harvard's hiring committees have suppressed the conservative viewpoints they despise and fear." -- David Horowitz
"[Gore] tended to drone on and on, in singsong, narcotizing cadences best endured by the heavily caffeinated." -- Frank Bruni's book, Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush.
"It's my fondest wish that some day every American will get down on their knees and pray to God that some day they will have the opportunity to live in a communist society." - "Hanoi" Jane Fonda, 1970
"legitimate fears can be raised that Leahy and his Democratic colleagues are so beholden to liberal special interests as to render them incapable of a fair and impartial evaluation of judicial candidates." ---- Editorial 3/17/02 Burlington Free Press, Vermont's largest newspaper
"You wonder how [democrat - VT] Sen. Patrick Leahy cleans off the slime following a round of confirmation hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On any given day, Leahy could be coated with some of the most vile mistruths, slurs and lies polluting American public life." -- Editorial 3/17/02 Burlington Free Press, Vermont's largest newspaper
"Mark Twain famously noted that those who are interested in the law or sausage should never watch either made. In the years since he made the remark, there has been considerable reform in sausage making." --Dennis E. Powell
"Many people find it tough to swallow [Michael] Moore's jokes about the wealthy and then watch him fly first class at his publisher's or film distributor's expense to his posh home in New York City's Central Park West, where he also sends his teenage daughter to an elite private school."
"Alan Edelstein, a producer of the show since 1998, was let go after seven weeks on the job. He later decided that stalking Moore with a bullhorn and a camera would perhaps uncover any underlying reasons for Edelstein's termination. Moore responded to Edelstein by calling the New York City police."
"The first most important thing you can ever learn about socialists who call themselves "liberals" is that everything they do is motivated by a self- hatred so profound that it approaches psychosis. The second most important thing is that everything they accuse others of -- racism, sexism, elitism, hundreds of other "isms" -- they are, first and foremost, massively guilty of themselves." -- L. Neil Smith, "The Serbian Mirror"
"I say we scrap the current system and replace it with a system wherein you add your name to the bottom of a list, and then you send some money to the person at the top of the list, and then you... Oh, wait, that is our current system." -- Dave Barry, on Social Security
"I cheered when the plane hit the Pentagon. Those people are in the business of killing people. It was like, hey, [expletive] happens," said an ELF member in an interview in the February 2002 issue of Details magazine. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is a domestic US, far left wing terrorist organization.
"Anyone in their right mind would realize the United States had it coming," Craig Rosebraugh, a vocal ELF member, February 2002 issue of Details magazine on the 9/11/2001 Terrorist attacks on the United States
"It is both foolish and wicked to teach the average man who is not well off that some wrong or injustice has been done him, and that he should hope for redress elsewhere than in his own industry, honesty, and intelligence." -- Theodore Roosevelt, "Review of Reviews", January 1897
"This was a good example of the fascist policing of public discourse in this country by nominal liberals who have become as unthinkingly wedded to dogma as any junior member of the Spanish Inquisition." -- Camille Paglia
"Because of the unblushing dishonesty of strident activists and campus "queer theorists," whose general knowledge of science would fit into Marie Antoinette's thimble, we are ironically further from understanding homosexuality than we were in 1970" -- Camille Paglia
My political philosophy as a libertarian says that government has no business intervening in any consensual private behavior. My professional ethic as a thinker and writer, however, says that self-knowledge is our ultimate responsibility -- Camille Paglia
I feel genuinely sorry for those who are so blinded by narrow partisanship that they cannot appreciate Limbaugh's energy, intelligence and satiric skill. They live in a box with bags over their heads. Though he and I hardly agree on politics (I voted for Ralph Nader last year and may go Green again in 2004), I respect Limbaugh as a political analyst and deft rhetorician who is a master of the microphone and who knows how to engage and challenge a vast audience. -- Camille Paglia
The problems in contemporary college education were well illustrated by the blizzard of bumper stickers I recently saw on a car in downtown Philadelphia. Pasted to the back window were decals from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; plastered on the rear bumper and trunk were these proclamations: "Friends don't let friends eat meat"; "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people"; "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." There you have it: an expensive higher education based on sloganeering, on pat, trite phrases that substitute moral posturing for political reasoning. It's elitism masquerading as egalitarianism. -- Camille Paglia
American high schools have physically imprisoned young people, stripped them of civil liberties and fed them a diet of p.c. pap. -- Camille Paglia
It's time to turn Anne Robinson, the nunlike, cassock-clad harridan host of the British hit quiz show, "Weakest Link," on Bridget Jones,Ally McBeal and all the rest of the spineless, tittering ingnues who superpopulate the sexual landscape at the moment. Feminism is clearly in meltdown if this is really where contemporary women in their late 20s and 30s feel they are -- drifting, aimless and needy. -- Camille Paglia
"...the European class†system had never really caught on in North†Americ†despite the best efforts of its own leftist†politicians." -- "The Apocalypse Troll", David Weber
"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." -- Will Rogers
"Daschle...[is] the sole impediment to legislative progress..."
"Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth." -- American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
"You will find that the State is the kind of ORGANIZATION which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly too." -- John Kenneth Galbraith
"Never could any increase of comfort or security be a sufficient good to be bought at the price of liberty." -- Hilaire Belloc
"[The] Million Mom March fatally wounded the Democratic Party" -- Editorial, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Apr 22, 2002
"All that Communism needs to make it successful is someone to feed and clothe it." -- Columbia Record
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level." -- Norman Mailer
"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- George Bernard Shaw
"The right to be heard does not autmatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert Humphrey
"Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed." - Mark Twain
1963: "There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist, the taxidermist leaves the hide." -- Mortimer Caplin, commissioner, U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
April 2002: "We will also never bring up the permanent tax cut the president is advocating." -- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota democrat
"The state - or, to make the matter more concrete, the government - consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of 10 that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting 'A' to satisfy 'B'. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H.L.Mencken, 1936
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your Count that votes.
"...the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with a lower court that there is no Constitutional right to drive." -- Miller vs. Reed, 97-17006 Source: Associated Press
"Fascists are flourishing politically in France and Italy, and now comes the murder of Pim Fortuyn, a populist politician who might have done well enough in the forthcoming Dutch elections to hold the balance of power in that country's parliament. But it is the widespread Jew-baiting that best reveals that Europeans are evidently incapable of learning from their history. France is the outright prizewinner where anti-Semitism is concerned." -- David Pryce-Jones in National Review Online
If the government wants us to respect the law it should set a better example.
"Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments." -- Frederick the Great
"Political correctness will die as it lived ó kicking and screaming ad hominem abuse as a substitute for arguments." -- Wendy McElroy
I never said all democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was all saloonkeepers were democrats.
"The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it." -- Abbie Hoffman
"The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816
"I will not disgrace the soldier's arms, nor abandon the comrade who stands at my side; but whether alone or with many, I will fight to defend things sacred and profane. I will hand down my country not lessened, but larger and better than I have received it." -- Ancient Athenian Oath
"The [Elian] raid... was almost worth it, if only to watch Jesse Jackson...defending an armed pre-dawn raid by the US government on a minority household." -- Rich Galen
Drug wars + harder-to-get-a-job-minority = bidness opportunity.
"An individualist is a man who says: 'I will not run anyone's life - nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule or be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone - nor sacrifice anyone to myself.'" -- Ayn Rand, Textbook of Americanism
"Yes, yes: Taking out Saddam Hussein means war, and war is bad for children and other living things. I went to grade school in the 1970s, and I recall the poster. But there are times when war is not only a tragic and unavoidable necessity, but also good for children and other living things." -- Admitted algore voter Dan Savage
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- British author John Stuart Mill. "The Contest in America".
A federal judge sentences former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio) to eight years in prison and fines him $150,000 for demanding kickbacks from his staff and accepting bribes from businessmen. Meanwhile, Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., also allegedly took bribes from a businessman, but the party needs him to control the Senate, so all he receives is a warning.
"How about a new game show called 'Battle Begala?' Contestants would pick any obscure bad thing that happened anywhere in the world, and Paul would have 10 seconds to explain why it is President Bush's fault," -- Ann Coulter
See Andover Guide to Populism, Rule 90: Populists don't have to be paupers. If you want to get bailed out in bidness, cash in on your famous name.
ObPolitics: A recent Economist article notes that 1/7 of male Americans have been convicted of a felony, and hence they cannot vote. In some places this is a significant fraction of the population, and as the Economist notes, almost all felons vote Democratic. Whatta campaign slogan! If felons could vote, Al Gore would have won in Florida...
"Whoís gonna give me a TV show? I didnít work for an impeached, disbarred President who was held in contempt by a federal judge. Thatís what they look for in objective reporters." -- Ann Coulter
"...a band of scientific illiterates who use Gestapo tactics..." -- Greenpeace Co-Founder, Patrick Moore, describing his former organization.
"It would be great if all the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories and the banks who fund them exploded tomorrow." -- Bruce Friedrich, PETA Spokesperson July 3, 2001
"The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel." -- Thomas Sowell
"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock." -- Orson Welles
"The spirit of the First Amendment has been effectively repealed for conservative speech by a censorious, accusatory mob." -- Ann Coulter
"Here the country had finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism and they didn't want to fight it. They would have, except it would put them on the same side as the United States." -- Ann Coulter
"Liberals hate America, they hate "flag- wavers," they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam (post 9/11). Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." -- Ann Coulter
Aide To Rep. Marcy Kaptur - (from an email) "Talk about scaring seniors ≠ this may be a little over the top. But it is so-o-o fun to bash Republicans." -- Red Hot Rhetoric, The Hill, May 29, 2002)
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports the Senate Judiciary Committee has killed the nomination of Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice, to serve on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for failing the liberal's extremist Anti-Abortion litmus test. Despite her "well qualified" rating from the American Bar Association, and a constistant pro-Roe V. Wade record, the Senate panel nixed her by a 10(democrat)-9(Republican) party-line vote.
It seems a little silly now, but this country was founded as a protest against taxation.
"My liberal friends are such a bunch soft-headed, politically correct jerks..." -- Jack Germond
"Gore's speech was one no decent politician could have delivered. It was dishonest, cheap, low. It was hollow. It was bereft of policy, of solutions, of constructive ideas, very nearly of facts -- bereft of anything other than taunts and jibes and embarrassingly obvious lies. It was breathtakingly hypocritical, a naked political assault delivered in tones of moral condescension from a man pretending to be superior to mere politics. It was wretched. It was vile. It was contemptible. But I understate." -- Michael Kelly, The Washington Post
"Conservatives want to be your daddy, telling you what to do and what not to do. Liberals want to be your mommy, feeding you, tucking you in, and wiping your nose. Libertarians want to treat you as an adult." --David Boaz
"It is both foolish and wicked to teach the average man who is not well off that some wrong or injustice has been done him, and that he should hope for redress elsewhere than in his own industry, honesty, and intelligence." -- Theodore Roosevelt, "Review of Reviews", January 1897
"Letís note, that in what I consider the most disgraceful performance abroad by an American official in my lifetime -- something not exampled since Jane Fonda sat on the anti-aircraft gun in Hanoi to be photographed -- Mr. McDermott said in effect, not in effect, he said it, we should take Saddam Hussein at his word and not take the President at his word. He said the United States is simply trying to provoke. I mean, why Saddam Hussein doesnít pay commercial time for that advertisement for his policy, I do not know." -- George Will, 9/29/02
"After two years in Washington, I miss the sincerity and genuineness of Hollywood." -- Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn)
"Oh, like funking US Constitution 101 every kept anybody out of office..." -- Mark Urbin
"[Senator]Torricelli [D-NJ] will leave public office with just the clothes on his back, a Rolex watch and other assorted jewelry, a TV set, a couple of racks of Italian suits, some Jets tickets, a grandfather clock and three paper sacks filled with small, unmarked bills." -- Ann Coulter
"New York City is a liberal town. But there's no liberals like Show-Business Liberals (like no liberals I know). Not just the obvious characters you see slapping on the old red ribbon and heading downtown to The Performer's Black Box Experimental Theater for a deconstructionist production of Waiting For Godot (Godot shows up and he's a lesbian) to benefit the Third Annual Free Mumia And Legalize Medicinal Crack Artists Collective. Those are the reasonable ones. I'm talking true believers, people who think the only thing wrong with Castro is he's a smoker." -- Dave Konig
"What is with Hollywood? Do you really have to be a self-absorbed, hateful, small-minded, intolerant, Stepford liberal, to be an actor or an actress? The latest irrelevant starlet to reveal her true anti-American sentiments is Jessica Lange." -- Nina May, chairman of Washington-based Renaissance Foundation
"Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other peoples' freedom and security." -- William F. Buckley
"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But Laws and istitutions must go hand in hadn with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of chircumstances, instituions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The minimum requirement for membership in the intelligentsia used to be, well, intelligence. This is no longer the case. Rather, what is now required is the mere sense of your own superiority, the smirky confidence that flows from an undergraduate grasp of history, philosophy, and literature, and which can only be sustained by a maniacal deafness to counterarguments." -- Mark Goldblatt, National Review Online
"Can't spell, can't spot fake Shakespeare, can't tell one wacky foreigner from another: it's increasingly obvious that Barbra is some deep sleeper planted by the Republicans to discredit the very concept of activist celebrities. Poor old Democrats, in thrall to her fundraising: people who need Barbra are the unluckiest people in the world." -- Mark Steyn 10/19/2002
"[President George W.] Bush -- never mind his well-crafted set speeches; listen to him as he leans on a lectern, chatting to an audience of carpenters -- is completely comfortable being himself, a skill still eluding Gore in his 55th year." -- George Will
"A gay Jew can find a date at a Klan rally faster than a political conversation will ever change anyone's mind about anything." - Two's rant on voting
"This was a labor of love, as are all my paintings...until I secure my NEA grant." -- Imelda Lefterson
Personally I put no faith in the rumors that DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe ordered the hit because Senator Wellstone was behind in the polls. However...if I was H. Carl McCall, I'd be looking over my shoulder.
"What George Washington did for us was to throw out the British, so that we wouldn't have a fat, insensitive government running our country. Nice try anyway, George."
Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
"I have always noticed that whenever a radical takes to Imperialism, he catches it in a very acute form." -- Winston Churchill, 1903
When taxes are due, Americans tend to feel quite bled-white and blue.
"The Democrats have lost the intellectual glue that held together their imposing political coalition, at one time combining Southern segregationists and northern blacks, urban ethnics and Harvard dons. Their claims of unique expertise in foreign policy, built with World War II and the greatest generation, sank in the rice paddies of Vietnam. Their commendable civil rights accomplishments turned away from individual opportunity and into group entitlements. Their agenda of using the government to uplift the poor reduced itself to absurdity with the Great Society. Their economic policy, based on Keynesian demand management, dissolved in the stagflation of the 1970s. Under Bill Clinton, their onetime moral authority became a sick joke." -- Robert L. Bartley
"Today's Democrats are little more than a collection of narrow interest groups--unions, tort lawyers, minorities headed by an ossified leadership. They are clever, tenacious and increasingly nasty in defending their perks, as establishments typically are..." -- Robert L. Bartley
"Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders." -- Frank Herbert, "Children of Dune"
"In America, any boy may become president and I suppose that's just one of the risks he takes." -- Adlai Stevenson
The ACLU gave Nancy Pelosi a 93% rating last year, People for the American Way, 94%. Her Americans for Democratic Action rating was 100% and her lifetime American Conservative Union voting record is 2%. Now that is far left.
"My sense of purpose is gone! I have no idea who I AM!"
"Oh, my God... You've.. You've turned him into a DEMOCRAT!" -- Doonesbury
"Gridlock is great. My motto is, 'Don't just do something. Stand there.' " -- William Safire
Murray's Rule: Any country with "democratic" in the title isn't.
"Government spending? I don't know what it's all about. I don't know any more about this thing than an economist does, and, God knows, he doesn't know much." -- Will Rogers
"The only truly shocking thing about last Tuesday's election is that the Democrats didn't do far worse, or as badly as they deserved." -- Frank Rich, writing in the New York Times.
" is reminded that [John Kerry, D-MA] really just a better-looking Ted Kennedy, a richer Michael Dukakis." -- Laura Ingraham
"[Sen. John] Kerry is also a man who opposes the death penalty, wants to restrict access to guns and voted against the resolution approving the start of ground operations against Saddam Hussein in 1991 -- just what you would expect from Ted Kennedyís partner and Michael Dukakisís running mate." -- David Broder, June 2002
"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 made and kept so by the exertions of better persons than himself." -- John Stuart Mill
"When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, while thousands note their passing, and proclaim that they were great. The papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young. But the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed and unsung. Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of this land, Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow, who in time of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country and offers up his life?" -- A. Lawrence Vaincourt
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