Grassroots in Nebraska Quotes about Congress

Conduct of Congress

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces. -President James Garfield, 1877

Charity and Congress

(T)he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specific objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. -James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794

Buying and Selling

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are the legislators. -P. J. O’Rourke


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

Open Season on Senators

There ought to be one day-just one-when there is open season on Senators. -Will Rogers

Destroy Respect for the Law

If you have 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law. -Winston Churchill

Ancient Rome vs. Our Future

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate? -Will Rogers

Congress is Strange

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens-and then everybody disagrees. -Boris Marshalov, a Russian observer, after visiting the House of Representatives

One Useless Man=Disgrace…

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress. -Peter Stone

American Criminal Class

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. -Mark Twain, 1897

Pray for Senators, Dr. Hale?

‘Do you pray for the Senators, Dr. Hale?’ someone asked the chaplain. ‘No, I look at the Senators and pray for the country.’ -Edward Everett Hale, Senate chaplain

Judas Iscariot, Congressman

To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman. -Mark Twain, letter to the editor, March 7, 1873

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