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"What didn't go right?"

George W, 9/6/05

Bush's Katrina, Politics, Hubris

"I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina [sic] to make sure their children are in school."

Laura Bush 9/8/05

Bush's Katrina, Politics, Hubris

We consistently see this administration trying to solve real policy problems by knocking out dissent, as though dissent itself were the problem. The Bushies always remind me of Cousin Claude, a major political thinker.

Claude says: "Hell, yiss, I believe in the right to dissent. H'it's in the Constitution! What I can't stand is all this criticism. Criticize, criticize, criticize. Why don't they leave poor Dubya alone and let him fight his war in peace?

"We're sendin' our best boys over there, and you know what them Eye-raqis do? They come out at night. Wearin' dirty robes. Not even Christian. If they don't like what we're doin' for 'em, whyn't they just go back where they come from?'"

Molly Ivins Politics, America

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."

(joking?) at a Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 2001.

Bush's Advice, Politics

"I heard from God just the other night. God always seems to call at night. 'Andrew,' God said to me |he always calls me 'Andrew.' I like that ... 'Andrew', you have the eyes and ears of a lot of people. I wish you'd tell your viewers that both Pat Robertson and Mel Gibson strike me as wachos... They're crazy as bedbugs.'"

Andy Rooney Religion, Politics

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

Will Durant Politics

"The citizen who sees his society’s democratic clothes being worn out and does not cry it out, is not a patriot, but a traitor."

Mark Twain Politics

"I like to think of myself as a patriot, but even more so as a man.  Where the two disagree, I say the man is right.“

Hermann Hesse Politics

“To secure our rights is the reason we resort to government at all.”

Thomas Jefferson Democracy, Politics, America