July 3, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, everybody!   This is the last of three installments on quotes made by each of our American Presidents. It was inspired by the ignorance of some of the far-right, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans (like Michele Bachmann), who always seem to make controversial public statements on things they really know very little about. Worse yet, they apparently don’t even care that they are so damn dumb, and will steadfastly cling to their falsehoods and misconceptions as if they were absolute truths. 

Today, we will cover the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Barack Obama.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
“A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.”
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

33). HARRY S TRUMAN (1945-1953) – DEMOCRATIC
“You can not stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it.”
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom,
intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”

35). JOHN F. KENNEDY (1961-1963) – DEMOCRATIC
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”
“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

“If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are
unable to do for themselves.”
“For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the
unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in
the unplowed ground. . .”

37). RICHARD M. NIXON (1969-1974) – REPUBLICAN
“I am not a crook.”
“I am not a quitter.”
“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

38). GERALD R. FORD (1974-1977) – REPUBLICAN
“Truth is the glue that holds governments together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.”
“Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.”

39). JIMMY CARTER (1977-1981) – DEMOCRATIC
“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”
“Our American values are not luxuries but necessities—not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our
greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad—greater than the bounty of our material blessings.”

“America is too great for small dreams.”
“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth.”
“Trains are not any more energy efficient than the average automobile, with both getting about 48 mies per passenger gallon.”
“Politics is just like show business: you have a hell of an opening, coast for awhile, and then have a hell of a close.”
“Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution comes from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let’s not go overboard on setting and enforcing tough emission standards on man-made sources.”

41). GEORGE H.W. BUSH (1989-1993) – REPUBLICAN
“Don’t try to fine-tune somebody else’s view.”
“If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way.”

42). BILL CLINTON (1993-2001) – DEMOCRATIC
“There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in
“We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we
have no sense of community, the American dream will wither.”

43a). george w. bush (2001-2009) – Republican
” You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.”
“I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.”
“This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.”
“I’m the decider-in-chief.”
“They misunderestimated me.”

43b). Vice President DICK Cheney – Republican
“You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”
“Oil remains fundamentally a government business…”
“My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators…I think it will go relatively quickly… in weeks rather than months.”

44). BARACK OBAMA (2009-    ) – DEMOCRATIC
“We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.”
“It’s just plain wrong that millions of middle-class Americans pay a higher share of their income in taxes that some millionaires and billionaires.”
There you have it, folks. Were YOU surprised by some of the quotes in this series, like Thomas Jefferson’s, James BMadison’s, James uchanan’s, or James Garfield’s views on religion, or George Washington’s views on government, or Rutherford B. Hayes’ views on wealth disparity, or Benjamin Harrison’s views on foreign policy, or Ronald Reagan’s dreadful lack of knowledge or concern about environmental issues,  or George W. Bush’s utter ignorance and stupidity, or his vice president’s seeming unconcern about decficit spending?

Let this series serve as a reminder of just how important an accurate knowledge of our history truly is, and let the ignorance of Tea Party idiots like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin vanish forever from our country


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. J.O.B. says:

    I enjoyed your series very much Jack. Not much surprised me. The only thing that surprised me was the negativity put onto the Reagan and Bush quotes. Your political preference doesn’t surprise me, but I was hoping you would show positive quotes from all the Presidents. I’m sure just about every President has said something that is borderline dumb, if not outright stupid. And I’m sure every President has said something inspiring during their tenure. But I thought the piece was very good. Thanks for the work. Sorry I haven’t been able to check out the Sunday show in awhile but I have been very busy.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hi J.O.B.,
      I’m glad you liked the series, but I found it impossible to quote Nixon, Reagan, or W, or Cheney (the REAL President from 2001-2009) any other way – I firmly believe that each, in his own way, did tremendous harm to yhis country!.

  2. Hello Jack,
    I thought I would pass on this quote from the late Lee Atwater this morning.

    The great and revered Republican Lee Atwater, the one whose deplorable political tactics that are still being utilized by others today within the Tea Party / Extreme Right Republicans, died at the young age of 40 years old. On his last days before dying of his brain cancer tumor, called those whom he lied about and spread damaging rumors because he needed to clean his soul and clear his conscience before he died. He knew, at the core of his basic soul, he had done wrong and sinned against others. He knew he needed to make piece with God before he died.

    When Lee Atwater appeared on the PBS Frontline program (you know that Liberal Network Programming) as his means to apologize to the nation through the mass media he is quoted as saying:

    “I was wrong to follow the meanness of Conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of taking advantage of them. I don’t hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I don’t hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people.”

    Maybe those of the fanatic right wing should take note and emulate the lessons that Lee Atwater finally learned in the end. To those Tea Party / Extreme Right Wing Republicans, those who live by HATE instead of COMPASSION.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      hank you for that very sobering reminder, Engineer! I was aware of Atwater’s turnabout prior to his death. It is extremely regrettable that so many Republicans (Karl Rove, DICK and Liz Cheney, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Sarah Palin, John Cornyn, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann all come to mind, to name but a few) chose to ignore his example and have continued their style of spreading lies and hatred instead! I’m sure today’s far-right insane crowd regard Atwater as being “too liberal” for their liking. I, much like you, pray for a rquick eturn of sanity and the end of the current Tea Party-infestation of the GOP!

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