GiN Quotes: Politics

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Democrats/Republicans Are the Party That…

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and removes the crabgrass in 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

Most Important Political Office

“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”  -Louis D. Brandeis

No Party of Principle

“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.” -Alexis de Tocqueville

The Middle Way of Politics

“In politics the middle way is none at all.”  -John Adams

Refusing to Participate in Politics

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

Concerned with Right or Left

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

Definition of Politics

“Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” -Ambrose Bierce

Reason We Have Elections

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

Has Become a Show Business

“I think it’s a terrible shame that politics has become a show business.” -Sydney Pollack

Vote for Principle

“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

2% Get All the Publicity

“Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.” -Lily Tomlin

A Part-Time Profession

“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” -President Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 28, 1954

No Preparation Thought Necessary

“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” -Robert Louis Stevenson, 1902

Swallowing Their Own Lies

“All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.” -Dr. Arbuthnot (quoted in Garnett, Life of Emerson)

Sympathy of the Masses

“If you wish the sympathy of broad masses, then you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.” -Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

Politics as a Profession

“You cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.”  -Louis McHenry Howe, address, January 17, 1933

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