By Jack Jodell, May 2, 2012

As we prepare for the inevitable barrage of far right talking points and disingenuousness this election year, let us remember these profound  thoughts put forth by those who were much wiser, and who actually had and used their brains:

“How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?”
– Author unknown –

“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville –

“A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.”
– Leonard Bernstein –

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.”
– Charles de Gaulle –

“Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.”
– Richard Armour –

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt –

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts…perhaps fear of a loss of power.”
– John Steinbeck –

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
– Plato –

“In this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.”
– H. L. Mencken –

“I once saw a snake having sex with a vulture, and thought, it’s just business as usual in Washington DC”
– Jarod Kintz –

“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”
– Winston Churchill –

“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.”
– John Quinton –

“Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, AND still call yourself Pro-Life.”
– John Fogelsang –

“We’d all like to vote for the best man, but he’s never a candidate.”
– Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard –

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?”
– Abraham Lincoln –

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
– Mark Twain – 

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”
– Tacitus –

“A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead.”
– Leo Rosten – 

“Hell, I never vote  for anybody, I always vote against.”
– W.C. Fields –

“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 – 

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
– Douglas Adams – 

“Force always attracts men of low morality.”
– Albert Einstein – 

“There is no greater stupidity or meanness than to take uniformity as an ideal.”
– George Santayana – 

“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.”
– Henry Cate VII –   

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Hello Jack,
    The Winston Churchill quote really hit home with me as I have seen the latter statement become SO true within my Republican over the last 40 years. “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”

    So true it is scary. There are NO principles left in the Republican Party today.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer of Knowledge,
      How right you are about today’s GOP, and that is the tragedy of our times.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    Santayana also said, “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” They posted this in the pavilion at Jonestown, but they obviously ignored it. Just as today’s Jonestowner Rushpubliscums ignore the past.

  3. jackjodell53 says:

    Jolly Roger,
    And we all know what a disaster ignoring the past can be!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Jolly Roger,
      HELP!!! I’VE SUDDENLY BEEN BLOCKED OUT OF YOUR SITE FOR NO REASON! It says my IP address has been recognized as spam – utterly ridiculous! HELP!!!

  4. Northwest Ohio Native says:

    Great quotes. And sadly they’re all true.

  5. Hello Jack,
    Francois Hollande has just become the President of France! This is truly good news my friend!! Hooray for sanity!!

    Maybe those “Independent Swing Votes” will sit up and take notice that maybe they too should carpetly throw out the Ultra Conservative Wing Nuts from not only the National level but State levels too.

    Vive La États-Unis!!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer,
      That is indeed GREAT news that the French have repudiated this ridiculous and extreme austerity stance that has been pushed on far too many countries! When is the last time the 1% were ever bullied into adopting such unfair nonsense! VIVE Hollande!

  6. “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”

    Then there’s Mitt “Kama Sutra” Romney, who changes positions about as often as most people change their socks. 😉

    • jackjodell53 says:

      How right you are. We’ll have to start calling him “Weathervane” or something.

  7. Hey S.W.
    Love the Karma Sutra Romney reference….Great mental images such as Mitt with his head up his own ass…..with six arms….

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