"Debating a conservative TV personality is like wrestling a pig. You'll both end up covered in shit, and the pig doesn't mind. "
|Quote 149||"...it's as futile as trying to teach table manners to a hog |the effort wears you out and it only annoys the hog."||Jim Hightower||Politics|
|Quote 148||"George Bush, a man born on third base who has gone through life thinking he hit a triple."||Jim Hightower||Politics|
"You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake."
"There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by ... corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses."
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
|James Madison||Democracy, Politics, America|
"The Law is not designed to provide justice for the individual, but rather to preserve the collective and protect the power of certain groups."
|James Lee Burke||Democracy, Capitalism|
“You have forgotten the editors. They draw their salaries for the policy they maintain. Their policy is to print nothing that is a vital menace to the established. The press of the United States? It is a parasitic growth that battens on the capitalist class. Its function is to serve the established by molding public opinion, and right well it serves it.”
--From IRON HEEL
"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
|Jack E. Leonard||Insults|
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
|Irvin S. Cobb||Insults|
"If you want to know about governments, all you have to know is two words: Governments lie."
|I. F. Stone||Democracy, Politics, America|
"Lisa, the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time. Just like that rain forest scare a few years back. Our officials saw there was a problem and they fixed it, didn't they?"
"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.“
"We knew we were absolutely right about what was good for Germany and our opposition was therefore wrong, so why would we have tolerated any opposition that could have only done harm to Germany?"
-- Göring before the Nuremberg court.
"Of course the people don't want war," Mr. Goering told a psychologist, midway through his war|crimes trial at Nuremberg. "But, after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship."
|Hermann Göring||Politics, Democracy|
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
"… the notion that profit making is the essence of democracy, the notion that economics is divorced from ethics, the notion that the only obligation of citizenship is consumerism, the notion that the welfare state is a pathology, that any form of dependency basically is disreputable and needs to be attacked, I mean, this is a vicious set of assumptions"
|Henry Giroux||Wealth, America, Economy|
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
--Brazilian Catholic Priest
In the Story of Al Smith, the great reformist governor of New York, who gradually turned into a narrow-minded economic conservative and bitter critic of F.D.R. H. L. Mencken explained it thusly: “His association with the rich has apparently wobbled him and changed him. He has become a golf player.”
|H.L. Mencken||Wealth, Politics|
"We must accept the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."
"For every complex problem there's an answer which is clear, simple, and wrong."
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."|Groucho Marx
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
|Ghandhi||Politics, Advice, History|
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