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Madeleine AlbrightEvery new president inherits headaches,
but President Obama
has inherited an
entire emergency room.

Madeleine Albright
First woman to be appointed Secretary of State
Senator Edward Kennedy


Sen. Ted Kennedy's endorsement of
Barack Obama for President

"I believe there is one candidate whose extraordinary gifts of leadership and character match the extraordinary demands of this moment in history. Barack will be a president who refuses to be trapped in the patterns of the past. He sees the world clearly without being cynical. He fights for the causes he believes in -- but refuses to demonize those who hold a different view. He's tough-minded, but he also has an uncommon capacity to appeal to "the better angels of our nature."  In Barack Obama, I see not just the audacity, but the possibility of hope for the America that is yet to be."


Barack ObamaThere is not a liberal America and
a conservative America:

There is the United States of America.

There is not a Black America and
a White America and
Latino America and
Asian America:

There is the United States of America.

Senator Barack Obama
2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address

Winston Churchill


TIMELY QUOTE (from 85 years ago)

 "When Iraq becomes strong enough in our opinion
to stand alone,
we shall be in a position to state
that our task has been fulfilled,
and that Iraq is an independent sovereign state.
But this cannot be said while we are forced
year after year to spend very large sums of money
on helping the Iraqi government
to defend itself and
maintain order."

Winston Churchill (1922)
British politician and wartime prime minister
who led Britain to victory in World War Two.
(1874-1965)


Ronald ReaganSATIRE:

"A moment I've been dreading.  George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job.  Not the political one who lives in Florida.  The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless.  This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job.  Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something.  That looks like easy work."

~Ronald Reagan 1911-2004 (40th U.S. President 1981-1989)
(Attributed as a quote from The Reagon Dairies
dated May 17, 1986)


Abraham Lincoln

"With public sentiment nothing can fail.
Without it, nothing can succeed.
Consequently he who molds public sentiment
goes deeper than he who enacts
statutes or pronounces decisions."

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” 

~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
16th U.S. President


Thomas Jefferson


It behooves our citizens
to be on their guard,
to be firm in their principles,
and full of confidence in themselves.
We are able to preserve our self-government
if we will but think so."

~Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
   3rd U.S. President (1801-1809)


Grace Lee BoggsToo much of our emphases and struggle
has simply been in terms of confrontation
and not enough recognition
of how much spiritual, moral force
is involved in the people
who are struggling
.

Grace Lee Boggs (1914-),
Author, Civil Rights and Social Activist
(quoted on Bill Moyers Journal
Aug. 31, 2007)


"My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest...no country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak... Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism...true democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center. It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village."

"The only devils in the world
are those running around
in our own hearts -
that is where the battle
should be fought."
- Mahatma Gandhi
(1869-1948)



Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.

-From the play, Julius Caesar


Those who can make you believe
absurdities
can make you commit
atrocities.
- Voltaire
~French Author & Philosopher
1694-1778


Theodore RooseveltThe old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.

Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919
(26th President of the U.S.)


James Baldwin"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately,
and do not intend to change the status quo;
are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement;
rain down bombs on defenseless children
whenever and wherever they decide that
their 'vital interests' are menaced,
and think nothing of torturing a man to death:
these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak
of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the conscience' of the civilized world." :

James Baldwin, author (1924-1987)
From "The Devil Finds Work" (pub. 1976)

 


Thomas PaineThat there are men in all countries
who get their living by war,
and by keeping up the quarrels of nations,
is as shocking as it is true;
but when those who are concerned
in the government of a country,
make it their study to sow discord,
and cultivate prejudices between nations,
it becomes the more unpardonable.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

— Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man," circa 1792


Noam ChomskyThe first step is to penetrate
the clouds of deceit and distortion
and learn the truth about the world,
then to organize and act to change it.

That's never been impossible
and never been easy.

— Noam Chomsky

Granny DYou know, there are two kinds of politics in the world: the politics of love and the politics of fear. Love is about cooperation, sharing and inclusion. Fear and the politics of fear is about narrow ideologies that separate us, militarize us, imprison us, exploit us, control us, overcharge us, demean us, bury us alive in debt and anxiety and then bury us dead in cancers and wars.

The politics of love and the politics of fear are now pitted against each other in a naked struggle that will define not only the 21st century but centuries to come.

Granny D (from a speech given in Hood River, Oregon on Aug. 16, 2003)


Franklin D. RooseveltThe liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people
tolerate the growth of private power to a point
where it becomes stronger than their
democratic State itself.

That, in essence is Fascism --
ownership of government by an individual,
by a group, or by any controlling private power.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President of the U.S. (1882-1945)


Martin Luther King JrThis hour in history needs
a dedicated circle of non-conformists.
The saving of our world from pending doom
will come not from the actions
of a conforming majority,
but from the creative maladjustment
of a dedicated minority.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  (1929—1968)
Civil Rights Leader

E.J. Dionne Jr


Hope is different from optimism.
Hope is a tough virtue, not a psychological predisposition.
Hope insists on taking facts and reason into
account
and still insisting that improvement ...
is always a real possibility.
~E.J. Dionne Jr.
Washington Post
August 26, 2003


Molly IvinsIt is possible to read the history of this country
as one long struggle to extend the liberties
established in our Constitution
to everyone in America. 

~Molly Ivins (1944-2007)
Author and Syndicated Columnist


John Adams
Power always thinks it has a great soul
and vast views beyond the
comprehension of the weak;
and that it is doing
God's service...

– John Adams

Karl-Henrik RobertI don't believe that the solutions in society will come from
the left or the right or the north or the south.
They will come from islands within those organizations,
islands of people with integrity who want to do something."

Karl-Henrik Robert
Founder of The Natural Step


Ross Perot

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.
The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

Ross Perot

 


Maureen DowdEven when conservatives have all the marbles,
they still act as if they're under siege.
Now that they are under siege,
it is no time for them to act as if
they're losing their marbles.   

Maureen Dowd
New York Times Columnist
7/19/2003


Arianna HuffingtonAmerica is a country
ready to be taken,
in fact, longing to be taken
by political leaders ready to restore
democracy and trust
to the political process

Arianna Huffington, Columnist


Frank Lloyd Wright
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all,
rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy
is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine
and make him like it.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

Richard Clarke"It was as if Osama bin Laden, hidden in some high mountain redoubt, were engaging in long-range mind control of George Bush, chanting...

'Invade Iraq, you must invade Iraq."

--Richard Clarke, Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator, on Bush's response to 9/11


I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!

If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone 'America died from a delusion that she had moral leadership.'

--Will Rogers (1879-1935)


Thomas Macauley
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a
self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free
till they are fit to use their freedom.
The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved
not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)


George Orwell

In a time of universal deceit,
telling the truth
becomes a
revolutionary act.

— George Orwell, author
(1903-1950)


James Carville

"You know, back in 2000 a Republican friend of mine warned me
that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank,
we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched.
You know what: I did vote for Al Gore, he did win,
and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true.
"
- James Carville from his book,
"Had Enough?"


Theodore  RooseveltTo announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public.

~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919
26th President of the United States



Naomi KleinFury is an entirely appropriate response to a system that sends young people to kill other young people in a war that never should have been waged. Yet the American Right is forever trying to pathologise anger as something menacing and abnormal, dismissing war opponents as hateful and, in the latest slur, "wild-eyed". This is much harder to do when victims of wars begin to speak for themselves: no one questions the wildness in the eyes of a mother or father who has just lost a son or daughter, or the fury of a soldier who knows that he is being asked to kill, and to die, needlessly.
~Naomi Klein
Canadian Journalist


Abraham LincolnAmerica will never be destroyed
from the outside.
If we falter,
and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~Abraham Lincoln

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Divide and rule,
a sound motto.

Unite and lead,
a better one.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749 - 1832)
German dramatist, novelist,
poet, & scientist


JFKA nation that is afraid to let its people
judge the truth and falsehood in an open market
is a nation that is afraid of its people.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
35th President of the United States


Judge Bruce WrightNon-voting
is a
fruitless
temper
tantrum.

~Judge Bruce Wright
1919-2005


Barbara EhrenreichThe nation was not founded
by habitual groupthinkers.
But it stands a fair chance
of being destroyed by them.

~ Barbara Ehrenreich
   NY Times, July 15, 2004


Bill MoyersHow do we protect the soul of democracy
against bad theology in service
of an imperial state?

  ~ Bill Moyers, Aug 2004

We now know that a neo-conservative is an arsonist
who sets the house on fire and six years later boasts that
no one can put it out.

~Bill Moyers (6/7/08)
at the National Conference on Media Reform


Juan ColeMr. Bush, I don't recognize the world you paint.
I find your speech a form of sheer propaganda,
having almost no relationship to reality.
...You can't 'stay the course' because
you don't have a course."

Juan Cole, October 7, 2005
Professor of History
at the University of Michigan

Edward R. Murrow

We cannot defend freedom abroad
by deserting it at home.

Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)
Broadcast Journalist

 

H. L. MenckenAs democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and  more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious  day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

~ H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)


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

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)
First American to be awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature (1930)


Mark Twain

Patriotism is
supporting your country
all of the time,
and your government
when it deserves it. 

~Mark Twain (aka Samuel Longhome Clemens) 1835-1912
American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer