Thursday, May 12, 2005

Election Day Quotes

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.  ~Oscar Ameringer If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?  ~Author Unknown Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.  ~Gore VidalWhen I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.  ~Clarence Darrow George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles.  ~Author Unknown Truth is not determined by majority vote.  ~Doug Gwyn Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.  ~Charles Krauthammer Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom.  ~Plato, The Republic Don't vote, it only encourages them.  ~Author Unknown Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.  ~H.L. Mencken, 1956 Take our politicians:  they're a bunch of yo-yos.  The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize.  ~Saul Bellow In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.  ~Charles de Gaulle Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.  ~Alan CorenApplause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life.  ~Elmer Davis The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is... the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.  ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 18 August 1956 I offer my opponents a bargain:  if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.  ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952 There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.  ~Alexis de Tocqueville We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.  ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.  ~Stewart Udall Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract att

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