One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
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
A fool and his money are soon elected.
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
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
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
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
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
Politics have no relation to morals.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.
If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you're rich.
P. J. O'Rourke
Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
John Quincy Adams
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
Harry S. Truman
Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
John Stuart Mill
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
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