Misc. Democratic Quote Page

The difference between 'involvement' 
and 'commitment' is like an eggs and ham breakfast: 
the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was committed.
Larry Flynt

When you do the common things in life in an 
uncommon way, you will command the attention
of the world.
George Washington Carver

Always do right - this will gratify some 
and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain 

Abridgment Of Freedoms I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison Arms Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. James Madison Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.... The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible. Hubert H. Humphrey Ascendancy of the Constitution "To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [American] system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws ..." John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) American statesman from SC Audience "The Best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk." VP Albert W. Barkley Bad Law There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people Hubert H. Humphrey Banks "A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks." John C. Calhoun, Vice President June 27, 1836 Source: http://www.devvy.com/9612.html Bible The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests. Andrew Jackson Bigotry The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America. Hubert H. Humphrey Blind Acceptance The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher standard. George McGovern Bush and Iraq "The Bush administration is trying to use the armed forces as a political weapon in this domestic election. The simple truth is, the armed forces exist to protect the United States, to be used as a last resort. That's not the case of Iraq. We've been misusing our armed forces. It was a mistake to get into Iraq." General Wesley Clark Challenge The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Change The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chickenhawks "This is the comparison we're willing to have. When John Kerry was in that swift boat with people firing upon him, where were George Bush and Dick Cheney?" Dick McAuliffe "When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil.Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough. Yeah, he'll be tough. He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids. But not when it was his turn to go." Sen. Tom Harkin Source:Associated Press,August 14, 2004 Concentration of Power "The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded." Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) U.S. President Source: Inaugural Address, 4 March 1853 Consent No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt Control Of Schools Those of us who believe in the right of any human being to belong to whatever church he sees fit, and to worship God in his own way, cannot be accused of prejudice when we do not want to see public education connected with religious control of the schools, which are paid for by taxpayers' money. Eleanor Roosevelt Destiny "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan Dream I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt Edge Will ending the dividend tax make air travel safer? Will it keep a dirty bomb out of New York harbor? Will ending the dividends save one police officer or firefighter his or her job? In short, will it make America safer, more secure? Of course, the answer is no. The truth is we are not prepared, we are not supporting our first responders, and our approach to securing our nation is haphazard at best, Somewhere along the line, we lost our edge. We let our guard down. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton Evil He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Reserve Bank? The bold effort the present (central) bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it. Andrew Jackson Free Society My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai E. Stevenson Fundamental Truth We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right. James Madison Future We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future ...upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God. James Madison Govern You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. M. Cumo Government In framing a government, which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. James Madison Homeland Liberty It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. James Madison Human Life What becomes of the surplus of human life? It is either, 1st destroyed by infanticide, as among the Chinese and Lacedemonians; or 2nd it is stifled or starved, as among other nations whose population is commensurate to its food; or 3rd it is consumed by wars and endemic diseases; or 4th it overflows, by emigration, to places where a surplus of food is attainable. James Madison Kicking a Man "Never kick a man when he’s up." Thomas "Tip" O’Neill, American politician, speaker of the House of Representatives (1912-1994) Lessons in Patriotism I don't need any lessons in patriotism or caring about America from the likes of Tom DeLay and the right wing, whose motivations can be questioned ... (note: Tom Delay, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rush, Denny Hastert all avoided serving in Vietnam, Kerry has 3 Purple Hearts.) John F. Kerry 4-5-2003 Life "Life breaks us all, but some of us emerge stronger in the broken places" Former Senator Max Cleland Mad as Hell, Witcover and Germond,pp183 (Note: Max is the Vietnam Viet that lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam. The GOP with Bush's approval called him Unpatriotic in 2002 because he disagreed with President Bush (a draft dodger) and elected another draft dodger.) Damn fools In Georgia! Money "Money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes." William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) US Congressman (1891-1895), US Secretary of State (1913-1915) under President Woodrow Wilson, Democratic Party nominee for President 1896, 1900 and 1908 http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.Jennings.Bryan.Quote.2BD1 No one can earn a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan New World Order "I would support a Presidential candidate who pledged to take the following steps: ... At the end of the war in the Persian Gulf, press for ... a 'new world order' based not upon Pax Americana but on peace through law with a stronger U.N. and World Court." George McGovern Source: New York Times, February, 1991 http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/George.McGovern.Quote.D0BC Principle "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 6th US President Source:Liberty Quotes
Religious Right Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church. Eleanor Roosevelt Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. Eleanor Roosevelt During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment of Christianity has been upon trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. James Madison Rich It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Andrew Jackson Risks "In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes" Adlai Stevenson Ronald Reagan "You've got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it's called mudslinging." -- Walter Mondale Silence In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tax Cuts "The only thing these tax cuts will stimulate is campaign contributions from fatcats." Senator Robert Byrd. Vietnam War How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake? John F. Kerry 1971 Violence The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it... Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way. Franklin Delano Roosevelt The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson. Franklin Delano Roosevelt A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education he may steal the whole railroad. Franklin Delano Roosevelt If you cannot convince them, confuse them. Harry S. Truman

Mail James Howington

Great Democratic Quotes

Stupid GOP Quote page

Midnightflyer Home page

Great Democratic Speeches

US Presidents Web Ring


View My Guestbook
Sign My Guestbook

Web Counters
Powered by WebRing.