Sunday, December 11, 2011

Political Quotes

I love quotes. What people say make you think. Here are some good ones. If you have one, add it in the comments section.

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. (Dr. Samuel Johnson)

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. (Elizabeth Warren)

One of the things I have told you folks early on is that I am ..about as fiscally conservative of a person you are going to meet because of the way I grew up. (Mayor Mike Huether)

Members of Congress are playing with people's lives, not just their own political careers.  (Pennsylvania Fire Chief Martin Bonifanti)

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by traffic from both sides. (Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain)

I don't care if I have a conflict of interest or not. (City Councilor Jim Entenmen)

The willingness to change one's mind in the light of new evidence is a sign of rationality not weakness. (Renowned psychologist Stuart Sutherland)

What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?  (Abraham Lincoln)

 I think 'Hail to the Chief' needs a little bit fresher sound. I might put some gospel beats in 'Hail to the Chief. (Herman Cain, former Republican Candidate for President)

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.  (Clarence Darrow)

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.  (Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 26 October 1939)

Americans who feel the most ignored these days are not the screamers. They are the solid citizens who are sick to death of pols who play to the rant. ( Time Columnist Joe Klein)

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.  (Adlai E. Stevenson)

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.  (Author Unknown)

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)

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. (President Ronald Reagan)

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.  (Thomas Jefferson)

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you. (Former Texas Governor Ann Richards)

Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. (Former Senate Majority Leader from Maine George J. Mitchell)

I think the decision that's been made with respect to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is a good one. (Former Vice President Dick Cheney)

Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people. (President Richard Nixon)

There go my people. I must find out where they are going so I can lead them. (French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin 1807-1874)

The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power. (Paul Wellstone)

Either we hang together or we will surely all hang separately. (Benjamin Franklin, requoted by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates)

I am in this race because I fundamentally feel the American people are getting screwed. (Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman)

I don't think right wing social engineering is any more desirable than left wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. (Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich)

Good rule to follow: never reward someone's incivility by giving them the headline they seek. (Joe Scarborough, MSNBC Morning Joe.)


  1. Dave Barry is one of my heros. Jon Huntsman turns a nice phrase too.

  2. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. JFK's Inaugural Address

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." Martin Luther King 1963 The March on Washington

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

    Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. Ronald Reagan Inaugural Address 1981

  3. "Just imagine if there were two of me." - Mayor Mike Huether

  4. When asked if an EC will make the city money.

    “I’ll look at you with a straight face, I will, and say, you bet it will. will. And who will reap the rewards? The people of Sioux Falls will. Really, you will."

    ~two of me mike

    On a more serious quote, from one of my favorite journalists.

    America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits - the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.

    ~Bill Moyers

    Polly Amalo

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:
    It is not a partisan issue; it is more than a political issue; it is a great moral issue. If we condone political theft, if we do not resent the kinds of wrong and injustice that injuriously affect the whole nation, not merely our democratic form of government but our civilization itself cannot endure.