"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot." - Mark Twain
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Poilitical Quotes as Fun and Food for Thought
Some random quotes I decided to share:
Thinking of the bailouts on this one, "Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel." - John Quinton
“The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it.” - P. J. O'Rourke, Reptile Republican
"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." - Doug Larson Carroll Quigley said: "The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at anyelection without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies."
Sean Shepard said, "If even the most paranoid, tin-foil-hat people among us trust Representative Ron Paul, then maybe the rest of us can too?"
"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. " - Richard Armour
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." - H.L. Mencken, 1956
"How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?" - Author Unknown
"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed." - Mao Zedong (Star Wars fans will recognize this as "aggressive negotiations".
"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty." — George Washington, September 19, 1796