Skip to comments.The 25 Best Quotes About Politics
Posted on 02/10/2018 5:48:00 AM PST by Kaslin
1) There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs. Thomas Sowell
2) To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. Charles Krauthammer
3) The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle
4) That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. Thomas Jefferson
5) Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. -- Eric Hoffer
6) Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far. Teddy Roosevelt
7) We dont have a trillion-dollar debt because we havent taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much. Ronald Reagan
8) There aint no such thing as a free lunch. Robert Heinlein
9) And many writers have imagined for themselves republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for there is such a gap between how one lives and how one ought to live that anyone who abandons what is done for what ought to be done learns his ruin rather than his preservation: for a man who wishes to profess goodness at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good. Niccolo Machiavelli
10) A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. Samuel Adams
11) With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies. Its not an abstraction. Im a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that youre going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses. Rand Paul
12) How many times have we heard free tuition, free health care, and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we want without the sacrifice of other goods or services. Take a free library; is it really free? The answer is no. Had the library not been built, that $50 million could have purchased something else. That something else sacrificed is the cost of the library. While users of the library might pay a zero price, zero price and free are not one and the same. So when politicians talk about providing something free, ask them to identify the beneficent Santa Claus or tooth fairy. Walter Williams
13) Compromise is very difficult in a political environment in which a deal is not a deal. Whether the question is trading robust immigration enforcement for an amnesty benefiting those illegals already present in the country or trading tax increases for spending cuts according to some agreed-upon ratio, the main obstacle is not ideology or partisan self-interest, but the belief a well-justified belief that cutting a long-term deal is pointless, because such deals will not stand. Kevin Williamson
14) "Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil.....Common hatred unites the most heterogeneous elements. To share a common hatred, with an enemy even, is to infect him with a feeling of kinship, and thus sap his powers of resistance.....Again, like an idea deity, the ideal devil is omnipotent and omnipresent." Eric Hoffer
15) The preferred world can be seen any evening on television in the succession of programs where the good always wins that is, until the late evening newscast, when suddenly we are plunged into the world as it is. Political realists see the world as it is: an arena of power politics moved primarily by perceived immediate self-interests, where morality is rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest. Two examples would be the priest who wants to be a bishop and bootlicks and politicks his way up, justifying it with the rationale, After I get to be bishop Ill use my office for Christian reformation, or the businessman who reasons, First Ill make my million and after that Ill go for the real things in life, Unfortunately one changes in many ways on the road to the bishopric or the first million, and then one says, Ill wait until Im a cardinal and then I can be more effective, or I can do a lot more after I get two million and so it goes. In this world laws are written for the lofty aim of the common good and then acted out in life on the basis of the common greed. Saul Alinsky
16) Americas abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for Americas industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advanceand thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way. Ayn Rand
17) Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread. Thomas Jefferson
18) If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. -- Attributed to Harry Truman
19) I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison
20) If you are explaining, you are losing. J.C. Watts
21) "All politics is local." -- Tip O'Neill
22) A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth - some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say. -- Michael Kinsley
23) The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane. Megan McCardle
24) The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. Plato
25) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill
I think Krauthammer got it backwards
Wisdom is understanding history. It’s all been said and done before.
bmp for later
First thing we do, kill all the lawyers
Are you even able to think?
I agree. But that is how the other side sees it, and I think he is giving eyes to their point of view.
My sister, now deceased, was a liberal despite her family and upbringing. I can’t say she thought conservatives were evil, but they had not reached her superior insights. She thought of herself as having had a rebirth to a better view.
She went to a liberal college and married a man from money—old money. To me, that explains it more than anything. She was a social climber. I believe this is how many children from traditional American conservative backgrounds convert to liberalism. It’s sad. She died rather young from cancer. I believe at some level she was at war within herself.
The seriousness of the charge mandates that we investigate this.
Even though there is no evidence, the seriousness of the charge is what matters.
-- Tom Foley (1929-2013) former Democrat Speaker Of The House
I am able to think. For instance, I think the left are evil. And I also believe the left knows (as well as I do) that the “elected” conservatives (GOP-e) are stupid.
How else would you explain Mitch McConnell?
“Culture is the diet, politics is the stool sample”
- David Burge, a.k.a. IowaHawk
“In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”
Is it more correct that way?
(It aint what you dont know that gets you into trouble. Its what you know for sure that just aint so. Mark Twain)
"The trouble with most folks isn't so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain't so." : Josh Billings - [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885) American humorist and lecturer
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
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