Published On: October 8, 2011
“A golf course is a perfect example of Republican male aesthetics— no fussy little flowers, no stupid ornamental shrubs, no exorbitant demands for alimony, just acre upon acre of lush green grass that somebody else has to mow.”
— P.J. O’Rourke (1947- ) American political satirist.
“Men must have rights before they can have equal rights. Each man has a right to use the world…. The equality of this right is merely a limitation arising from the presence of others with like rights. Society, in other words, does not grant, and cannot equitably withhold from any individual, the right to the use of land. That right exists before society and independently of society, belonging at birth to each individual, and ceasing only with his death. Society itself has no original right to the use of land…. The function of society with regard to the use of land only begins where individual rights clash, and is to secure equality between these clashing rights of individuals.”
— Henry George (1839-1897) American political economist
“This is a victory for consumers and a big loss for criminals who want to steal your Social Security number and your identity.” – Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement after reaching an agreement with legal-research service Westlaw about limiting access to Social Security numbers on its site
“People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.” – Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
“Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.” – President George W. Bush
“Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.” – Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)
“Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
– Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“His electricity was unbelievable. He made a 7-year-old like me hope to get his Topps card, even though I was an avid Giants fan.” – President George W. Bush, on Jackie Robinson.
“When a boat springs so many leaks, it only floats for so long. The Democrats have certainly shot holes in it, but the Republicans have also been shooting holes.” – TONY FABRIZIO, a Republican pollster, on President Bush’s Social Security plan.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I’m ready to tear out what little bit of hair I have left.” – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), during a hearing in Washington, D.C., last week on the FBI’s plan to scrap a $170 million computer system it’s been building for three years.
“I can play hardball as well as anybody. That’s what I did, cut people’s hearts out. On the other hand, I do it to cure them, to heal them, to make them better.” – BILL FRIST, the Senate majority leader and a transplant surgeon.
“I don’t think anybody thinks that the unelected mullahs who run that regime are a good thing for the Iranian people or for the region. I think our European allies agree that the Iranian regime’s human rights behavior and its behavior toward its own population is something to be loathed.” – CONDOLEEZZA RICE, secretary of state.
“I will listen to anyone who has a good idea to offer.” – President George W. Bush, on Social Security.
“With the many risk factors for heart disease, our greatest risk is ignorance. So I encourage every one of you to go home, pull out your favorite red dress, and tell every woman you know that heart disease doesn’t care what you wear.” – First Lady Laura Bush
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people. I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life. But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom.” – President George W. Bush
“I hesitate to say anything nice about him, for fear that it would be used against him. And that’s a terrible commentary on the state of politics and the political climate today.” – Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, on Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut.
“There is no cease-fire and there will not be any cease-fire in the coming days.” – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel.
“We were banging our heads against the wall six or seven hours a day, working out the words of these resolutions among four or five capitals. We’d go home at 10 or 11 at night and say, ‘Tomorrow will be a better day.’ But the next day was Groundhog Day all over again.” – R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, on talks on Lebanon. New York Times, August 14, 2006
“I regret he made that decision but it’s pretty firm: I don’t think there’s any way to talk him out of it.” – Christopher Dodd,on Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a fellow Connecticut Democrat and friend, who is running as an independent after his loss in the primary. New York Times, August 10, 2006
“I take full responsibility for the federal government’s response, and a year ago I made a pledge that we will learn the lessons of Katrina and that we will do what it takes to help you recover.” – President Bush, in New Orleans. New York Times, August 30, 2006
“The principal feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things — war and hunger and date rape — liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things…. It’s a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don’t have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.”
— P.J. O’Rourke (1947- ) American political satirist, in `Give War a Chance’ 1992.
“It has been asserted that only if you vote do you have any right to complain about what transpires on the political scene…. We would point out, on the other hand, that only by refusing to participate in the game do you retain the clear right to protest what the game produces. For when you vote, you have not only participated in the system but, in addition, have tacitly agreed beforehand to accept and abide by whatever the system brings forth. The voter complaining about the outcome of an election is standing on untenable ground. Philosophically, morally and factually, only the non-voter is in a logical position to protest…. When you participate in the political con game, you sanction it.”
— R.C. Hoiles (1878-1970) Editor/Publisher of the Orange County Register, April 17, 1971
“One day the Constitution of Colorado is the highest law of the state. The next day it’s waste paper.” – Robert F. Williams, a Rutgers law professor, on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on political spending by corporations.