Political Madness

Sunday, August 21, 2011 – Political Madness

A fool and his money are soon elected. ~ Will Rogers

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. ~ Woodrow Wilson

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead. ~ Leo Rosten

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. ~ John Stuart Mill

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. ~ Ambrose Bierce

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~ H. L. Mencken

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future. ~ Leonard Bernstein

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~ William E. Gladstone

I’m not a leftist; I’m where the righteous ought to be. ~ M. M. Coady

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else’s money. ~ Carter Glass

A politician will do anything to keep his job – even become a patriot. ~ William Randolph

The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. ~ Dave Barry

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. ~ Carl Sandburg

A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. ~ Charles W. Pickering

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. ~ Harry S. Truman

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. ~ Gore Vidal

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~ Robert Orben

If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide. ~ Meg Greenfield

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes her laws. ~ Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. ~ Milton Friedman

Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. ~ W. C. Fields

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. ~ Emma Goldman

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. ~ J. William Fulbright

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. ~ Charles de Gaulle

In politics nothing is contemptible. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~ Doug Larson

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. ~ George MacDonald

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. ~ Mark Twain

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. ~ Cissy Farenthold

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~ Oscar Ameringer

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. ~ Oscar Levant

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. ~ H. L. Mencken

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer. ~ Gertrude Stein

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. ~ Albert Einstein

A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life’s problems without asking its question. ~ André Malraux


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