Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What Other People Think About Politics and Elections

I've spent a lot of time in this blog over the last few months whining about the depressing presidential election season. About how we've got cheap discount candidates from Wal-Mart instead of top-of-the-line statesmen from Nieman-Marcus. I've got electile dysfunction.

But, of course, I'm not the only one who has a jaded concept of politics and elections. Here's a collection of quotes from other smart people who have thoughts on the subject of politicians, elections, and government in general:

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin (and no, he wasn't talking about Florida)

"Democracy is the most equitable form of government because, in it, greed and corruption are most widely spread." - Stephen Millich

"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few." - George Bernard Shaw (yes, I know I used this one a while back, but it still applies!)

"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." - Doug Larson

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy." - Goethe

"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them." - Paul Valery

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces." - Maureen Murphy

"We need anything politically important rationed out like PEZ: small, sweet, and coming out of a funny, plastic head." - Dennis Miller

"An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought." - Simon Cameron

"It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember." - Eugene McCarthy

"When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained." - Edward R. Murrow (I think I've used this quote before, too, but I still love it)

"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

"My feeling is we've bowed too far to the idiots. This is true in politics, journalism, and just about everything else." - Peggy Noonan

"The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too." - Oscar Levant

Okay, that's enough. I have to save enough cynicism to last for the next six months. And the four years after that.

Have a good day. More thoughts (of my own!) tomorrow.



KKTSews said...

Love Peggy Noonan--her articles alone are worth the price of the WSJ (oh, and the food an wine articles, too).

The Mistress of the Dark said...

That Paul Valery one is great and too true, sadly.

NathanRyder said...

They're all good quotes :)

John A Hill said...

From a bumper sticker (author unknown):

We don't have a democracy. We have an auction!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Some super quotes there. Very true.

Mike said...

"I am not a member of any organized party, I am a Democrat."

"You've got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one."

Will Rodgers

Fantasy Writer Guy said...

Great collection. Call it cynicism but there's a lot more truth in these quotes than in any election speech I ever heard.