Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quote for the Week: It's Convention Time!

Yes, it's time for our quadriennial circuses, otherwise known as political conventions, in which delegates meet to nominate a candidate who has already won the nomination and to spend enough money on baloons to feed a third world country.  So, this week and next week's quotes are all about politics.  Read on.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
Milton Friedman

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
John F. Kennedy

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Alexander Hamilton

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky


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

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.
William E. Simon

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




Susan Flett Swiderski said... [Reply to comment]

Great quotations, and Kennedy's words (along with many of his others)inspired me. He's the reason I registered as a democrat.(In MD ... don't have to pick a party here in GA... everyone here just assumes that if your skin is white, you're a republican.)

Funny, but true: in a nearby county, a former sheriff, who did nothing but cause huge problems, embarrassment, and expensive legal battles when he was in office the last time, and who has recently been indicted on thirty-some felony counts ... was chosen by the voters to do it all over again. Go figure. I guess the incumbent wasn't controversial enough for those folks.

mare ball said... [Reply to comment]

kennedy and Simon are my favorite quotes. History does repeat itself, doesn't it?

Susan Kane said... [Reply to comment]

So very discouraged by politics. We are in such a mess, I don't know if we can ever dig ourselves out.


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