Quotes: Politics

"You can't just say, 'I don't want to get involved.' The universe got you involved."
--Hal Lipset, P.I.

"There are no halfway measures against bigotry, hatred and anti-Semitism. It's got to be rejected totally."
--Abraham Foxman, Holocaust survivor.

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
--H.G. Wells

"I love my country far too much to be a nationalist."

"The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."
--Abbie Hoffman

"Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values."
--Jose Ortega y Gasset

"Power corrupts, but absolute power is a blast."
--Junior White House staff

"A housing commission that leans to the right
makes a town healthy, wealthy, and white."
--Lampoon of Berkeley commissioner Christine Reed

"Only the educated are free."
--Epictetus, Discourses

"You can get more done with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone".
--Alphonse Capone

"The world is made up of *too many* insensitive, malicious people unworthy of my attention who by their every word and action declare themselves an enemy of who and what I am...and these people make decisions that affect my life. Fortunately, I have developed the self-confidence and strength to withstand these things or I wouldn't be here today...but I'm *still pissed*, and I have every *right* to that anger."
--Carleton Cornish

"Liberty is a duty, not a right"
--Benito Mussolini

"When you can't say 'fuck,' you can't say 'fuck the government'"
--Lenny Bruce

"Our government is the potent, omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example."
--Justice Brandeis dissenting in Olmstead
[Note: This is Tim McVeigh's favorite quote, which he repeated at his trial. Isn't that special?]

"Becoming a politician is the only step down I could take from being a journalist."
--Jim Hightower, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

"Reagan's idea of a good farm program is 'Hee-Haw'."
--Jim Hightower, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

"Even a little dog can piss on a big building."
--Jim Hightower, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
--Bertrand Russel

"So what are you whining for? I've never understood that about Republicans. Even when they win, they manage to come off sounding like an oppressed minority."
--Eric Holeman

"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
--John W. Gardner, Forbes magazine, Aug. 1, 1977

"Nearly all men can withstand adversity; If you want to test a man's character, give him power."
--Abraham Lincoln

"I'm into two-fisted love and I vote."

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
--Cousin Woodman

"When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs. When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun. Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet."
--Lyle Myhr

"God, was she a good player. I was so fascinated in watching her bid and play that I could hardly concentrate on her breasts."
--Senator Bob Packwood (R-OR), commenting on his bridge opponent in his diaries, as printed in the Washington Post

"[Personhole] is not an acceptable de-sexed word."
--Shirley Dean, councilperson from the Berkeley, (California) City Council, explaining why the Council changed the wording in a sewer equipment request back to manhole cover

"Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
--Abraham Lincoln

"The Twentieth Century has seen increasing visibility of the age-old phenomenon of the alcoholic turned Prohibitionist. Such people invest every bit as much time and energy using their newfound crusade against the 'evils' of 'That Fatal Glass of Beer' as they had in activities surrounding drinking, blissfully unaware that they have merely exchanged one set of addictive behavior for another. Almost inevitably, they turn to false analogy and derisive disbelief when faced with evidence that the vast majority of people can consume alcohol on a regular basis without becoming alcoholics."

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
--C.S. Lewis

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, or perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
--Niccolo Machiavelli.

"The witch wants quiet, regular, ordinary good government with everyone happy, plenty of fun and games, all fear of death being taken away."
--Gerald Brousseay Gardner (famed British witch)

"The problem with the global villiage is all the global villiage idiots."
--P. Ginsparg

"Mi-yammi! The extraordinary city, with its Judeo-Cubano population, its mix of surgical-appliance and sex-fetishist obsessions, takes the American melting pot past the boil. It represents pretty much everything Patrick J. Buchanan hates."
--David Denby, New York magazine film critic

"By refusing to acknowledge the existence of homosexuality, schools shove heterosexuality down the throats of gay children. Just because straights make up a larger proportion of the population doesn't mean you can have every single second of everything dedicated to you. The schools already teach a value system that results in 1/3rd of suicides being gay teens. If anything is immoral...
--Lawrence C. Foard

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."
--Frederic Bastiat

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."
--Barry Goldwater

"I am convinced that we can do to guns what we've done to drugs: create a multi-billion dollar underground market over which we have absolutely no control."
--George L. Roman

"[The] principal House sponsor [of the federal anti-gay-marriage act, 'The Defense of Marriage Act'], Bob Barr of Georgia, his district office confirms, has been married three times -- which raises the question of why the act doesn't contain a three-strikes-and-you're-out provision."
--New York Times columnist Frank Rich.

"[The] Defense of Marriage Act ... an attack on same-sex marriages, is sponsored in the house by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), whose interest in conventional marriage is so strong he is now on his third one. ... [I]f we take our legislative cues from the Bible -- if you insist -- then what about divorce? Jesus was adamant that it not be allowed: 'What God has joined together, let no man put asunder,' he told the Pharisees, adding to the disciples, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.' (see Mark 10 and Matthew 19). Paul, thereafter, wrote in First Corinthians that the Lord gives charge 'that the wife should not separate from her husband ... and that the husband should not divorce his wife.' Should we not recognize divorce as legitimate? Shall we compel Messrs. Barr, Dole, Gingrich, Limbaugh and other conservative serial monogamists outspoken in their opposition to same-sex marriage back into domesticity with their first spouses?"
--Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn.

"Okay, conservatives have changed my mind. Allowing gay marriage, I have been persuaded, will destroy the family, weaken Western civilization, turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, increase the trade deficit with Japan, endanger the family farm and promote tooth decay. The impeccable logic of conservative opponents is simply too powerful to deny."
--Chicago Tribune columnist Stephen Chapman.

"If you think permitting queer marriage is perceived as an attack on the family, you ain't seen nuthin' yet."
--Roger B. A. Klorese

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