Goatskin on Politics


Carl Schurz: The peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country -- when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right."

Carolyn Heilbrun: Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidentially expect utopia. Both are wrong.

Dave Barry: The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.

David Broder: Anyone that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

Henrik Ibsen: It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.

Lily Tomlin: 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.

Margaret Chase Smith: My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought.

P. J. O'Rourke: Then there's politics. Just imagine politics with its dumbbell element subtracted. There would be no Republican candidates. There would be no Democratic voters. The whole system would collapse.

Robert M. Hutchins: The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

Sinclair Lewis: When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.

Will Rogers: Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

Will Rogers: Elections are a good deal like marriages. There's no accounting for anyone's taste. Every time we see a bridegroom we wonder why she ever picked him, and it's the same with public officials.

Will Rogers: Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians and I love to watch both of 'em play either back home in their native state or after they have been captured and sent to the zoo or to Washington.


My Political background: Life long interest and participation (some 65 years); former town chairman and county vice chairman of my party; Participated in many campaigns including pre-primary county coordinator for a presidential candidate; a candidate for state legislature (nominated by write-in). Have been both Republican and Democrat. Purpose of my comments: just to post another side and perhaps give some food for thought (and, hopefully, receive some feed-back for my own education).

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