Politics quotes

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out. Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party. I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'. My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent. I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology. History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Violence has been Nicaragua's most important export to the world.
All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.
It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.
That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
- Why, how can you ask such a question? You are a republican.
- A republican! Yes; but that word specifies nothing. Res publica; that is, "the public thing". Now, whoever is interested in public affairs - no matter under what form of government - may call himself a republican. Even kings are republicans.
- Well! You are a democrat?
- No.
- What! You would have a monarchy?
- No.
- A Constitutionalist?
- God forbid.
- Then you are an aristocrat?
- Not at all!
- You want a mixed form of government?
- Even less.
- Then what are you?
- I am an anarchist.
When politics and home life have become one and the same, when economic problems have been solved in such a way that individual and collective interests are identical – all constraints having disappeared – it is evident that we will be in a state of total liverty or anarchy. It is the liberty that is the mother, not the daughter, of order. Either Property will overrule the Republic, or the Republic will overrule Property.
The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn't hear, doesn't speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn't know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.
The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics.
The imbecile doesn't know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.
We attacked a foreign people and treated them like rebels. As you know, it's all right to treat barbarians barbarically. It's the desire to be barbaric that makes governments call their enemies barbarians. General, your tank is a powerful vehicle
It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs a driver.

General, your bomber is powerful.
It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant.
But it has one defect:
It needs a mechanic.

General, man is very useful.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
He can think.
First of all, they came to take the gypsies
and I was happy because they pilfered.
Then they came to take the Jews and I said nothing,
because they were unpleasant to me.
Then they came to take homosexuals,
and I was relieved, because they were annoying me.
Then they came to take the Communists,
and I said nothing because I was not a Communist.
One day they came to take me,
and there was nobody left to protest.
Some party hack decreed that the people had lost the government's confidence and could only regain it with redoubled effort. If that is the case, would it not be be simpler, if the government simply dissolved the people and elected another?