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My people are going to learn the principles of democracy the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - Learning - Knowledge - Truth
- Politics

So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research.. Eugenics. In case you don't know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. The stuff that we are facing is absolutely frightening.
Glenn Beck - President - Strange - Conspiracy Theory - Research - Fear - Eugenics - Politicians

Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.
Glenn Beck - Weird - Strange - Kill - Pray - Politicians

The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.
Silvio Berlusconi - Entrepreneurs - Politicians - Freedom

The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs.
Silvio Berlusconi - Responsibility - Partnership - Politicians

I'm not a traditional politician, and I have a sense of humor. I'll try to soften it and become boring, maybe even very boring, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to.
Silvio Berlusconi - Politicians


I tell you the truth: if I lived in a country where there was no day appointed for elections, I would become a revolutionary, if not a terrorist. And that is because I love liberty too much; without liberty a man is not a man. He has no dignity.
Silvio Berlusconi - Truth - Freedom - Politicians

While few judges or prosecutors would be afraid to exercise their perfectly legitimate discretion in favour of an ordinary man, not to mention a minority group member, most would be terrified to exercise the same discretion for someone politically, financially or socially powerful.
Conrad Black - Rich - Politicians - Power

The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge, but all economies know that the only sensible long term way of developing is to do it on a sustainable basis.
Tony Blair - Truth - Politicians - Environmental - Economy - Change

At the heart of my politics has always been the value of community, the belief that we are not merely individuals struggling in isolation from each other, but members of a community who depend on each other, who benefit from each other's help, who owe obligations to each other. From that everything stems: solidarity, social justice, equality, freedom.
Tony Blair - Politicians - Responsibility - Help - Freedom

So much of politics is about the daily grind of political business: the people to see, the myriad different facets of government, the remorseless agenda of this part of the media or that.
Tony Blair - Politicians - Commitment - People

I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.
Mike Bloomberg - Fascism - Freedom - Politicians

I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
Michael Bloomberg - Change - Politicians - Business - Truth

I've got the greatest job in the world. There's no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people's lives. It's a great challenge.
Michael Bloomberg - Optimistic - Politicians - Success - Change - Job - Challenges

I could never be a politician because I think I'm too selfish, and I think I like to have fun.. the right to be irresponsible is a right I hold dear.
Bono -
Politicians - Responsible - Fun

There is a spiritual side to our connection with the planet. And in this material world, that's anathema. It is somewhat worrying. What I say.. it makes life. It gives us fulfilment. It makes us whole human beings. And without it, we make mistakes. And, boy, are the leaders of the world making mistakes at the moment.
Bob Brown - Life - Mistakes - Politicians


The Greens will continue to champion a fairer society rather than simply the economy and to champion the parliament rather than simply the stock exchange.
Bob Brown - Politicians - Ambition - Stock Market -
Economy

There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got.. because the owners of this country don’t want that. I'm talking about the real owners now.. the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners.
George Carlin - Education - Problems - Choice - Big Business - Society - Control - Politicians - Freedom

They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
George Carlin - America - Stupid - Big Business - Control - Politicians - Media - Congress - News - Lobby - Billions - Greed

You really do think about it institutionally; this is your job, and to some extent you benefit from having a job to do at a moment like this. You have things that you have to make happen. And you don't have time for the emotional reaction that might otherwise occur if somebody was just sitting there watching these events unfold and had no responsibilities.
Dick Cheney - Job - Focus - Responsibility - Politicians

That's the nature of the intelligence business. You have to work with what you can get your hands on, but it is.. and in fact it's more an art form than it is a science, and you have to continually work the problem, continually try..
Dick Cheney - Politicians - Work - Intelligent

One of the problems we have as a government is our inability to keep secrets. And it costs us, in terms of our relationship with other governments, in terms of the willingness of other intelligence services to work with us, in terms of revealing sources and methods. And all of those elements enter into some of these leaks.
Dick Cheney - Politicians - Government - Work - Intelligent - Problems - Partnership

You know, in this business, you don't have any control over what the press says and how they portray things. And that's their prerogative. But I think anybody who looks at it objectively has trouble making the case that somehow this is a bad economy.
Dick Cheney - Politicians - Media - Economy - Control

Democracy is an awful way to run a country, but it's the best system we have.
Winston Churchill - Politicians

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill - Commitment - Work - Politicians

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Challenges - Politicians - Optimistic

I never thought I would end up being the Senator from New York. I never thought that the long haired, bearded guy I married in law school would end up being President.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - America - Politicians - President

I don't believe that people vote for President based on spouses. I don't even think they vote much based on vice presidents or any other factor. I think they choose between the two people who are running.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Politicians - President

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.
Hillary Rodham Clinton - Life - Politicians - Woman

Democrats lead in all the polls by at least ten points, except one.. Fox News. That is with a margin of error of plus or minus the facts.
Stephen Colbert - News - Facts
- Politicians - Wrong - Truth

I stand by this man (President George W. Bush). I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound.. with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.
Stephen Colbert - Funny - President - Politicians - America - Strength - Media - Crisis


I hate politics. It's slimy. Any job where people pander for votes, I don't like. The country has gotten so partisan that if you're not on my side, you're the enemy.
Mark Cuban - Politicians - Voting - Hate

Any time there's a scandal, we always try and get involved.
Larry Flynt - Politicians

As more money flowed through Washington and as Washington's power to regulate our lives grew, opportunities and temptations for graft, influence peddling and cutting corners grew exponentially. Power breeds corruption.
Steve Forbes - Money - Politicians
- Power - Dishonesty

The politicians say "we" can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians.
Steve Forbes - Politicians - Tax


America has the potential for the greatest economic boom and spiritual renewal in our history. But we're being held back by Washington politics as usual. It's time we move forward.
Steve Forbes - Politicians - Economic
- Spiritual - Encouragement

In their late 40s, Forbes mens' hormones seem to change. Pop started riding motorcycles. I would say running for president qualifies.
Steve Forbes - Change - Politicians


The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There's no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm's length because it's an inconvenient truth, because they don't want to accept that it's a moral imperative.
Al Gore - Environmental - Crisis - Responsibility - Politicians - Ethics - Truth

The reason I entered the election race was to promote reforms. For us who engage in business, we will be severely affected if financial and structural reforms don't proceed.
Takafumi Horie - Politicians - Business - Change - Finance

Elections are a kind of business. I have to present myself: 'I can do this and that for this area so please give me your vote'. People vote for the politicians who can best understand and contribute to their region or country. In a business you can choose your clients, and the message is targeted to them only. But politics is universal; no matter what age the audience, you have to send the same message to everyone.
Takafumi Horie - Politicians - Business

It's not that I'm not interested in politics, but rather, I think that the people who become politicians in Japan are not very dynamic. Honestly, I find business much more interesting than politics.
Takafumi Horie - Politicians - Business - Interesting

Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life.
John Howard - Truth - Politicians


If I am wrong and you are right then the democratic process of the Australian community will vindicate you and condemn me.
John Howard - Politicians - Decisions
- Australia

We have reached a pivotal time in Indigenous affairs when for the first time, national attention is being paid to the horror of Indigenous family violence in this country.
For the first time, an Australian Prime Minister has held a summit in the national capital to listen to concerns and ideas on this issue from a group of Indigenous leaders.
Jackie Huggins - Human Rights - Australia - Politicians - Indigenous - Leadership


Too often it's not the most creative guys or the smartest. Instead, it's the ones who are best at playing politics and soft-soaping their bosses. Boards don't like tough, abrasive guys.
Carl Icahn - Politics - Intelligent
- Management

We have bloated bureaucracies in Corporate America. The root of the problem is the absence of real corporate democracy.
Carl Icahn - Politics - Management
- Companies - Problems

It's a sure thing that you are living in an empire when the Emperor's retarded son becomes the new Emperor.
Alex Jones - President - Politicians - Funny Political

When you travel as secretary, one problem you have is that the press comes with you and wants an immediate result because it justifies their trip. And sometimes the best result is that you don't try to get a result but try to get an understanding for the next time you go to them.
Henry Kissinger - Geopolitics - Problem - Politicians - Press - News - Meeting - Understanding

Many businesses with unpopular products or inefficient production find it much easier to curry the favor of a few influential politicians or a government agency than to compete in the open market.
Charles Koch - Government - Business - Products - Politicians - Competition

The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver.
Jay Leno - Funny - Politician

Bill Maher and I are on against each other, and we're friends. He can do my show any time he wants, and I've done Politically Incorrect several times. There's no reason to think competition has to be adversarial.
Jay Leno - Competition - Friends - Political

President Bush says he needs a month off to unwind. Unwind? When the hell does this guy wind?
David Letterman - Funny
- Lazy - Politician

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
Abraham Lincoln - Politicians - Constitution - Freedom

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.
Abraham Lincoln - Politicians - Failure - Success

In the model that we grew up with, governments rule physical territory in which national economies function, and strong economies support hegemonic military power. In the new model, already emerging under our noses, economic decisions don’t pay much attention to national sovereignty in a world where more than half of the one hundred or two hundred largest economic entities are not countries but companies.
Amory Lovins - Politics - Economy
- Government - Companies - Power

I think that when you look at the great politicians, the two greatest in my view were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, they certainly had character traits. You also know Abraham Lincoln overcame severe depression problems that he had when he was younger, which gave him the strength and the character later on.
John McCain - Strength
- Problems - Politician - Inspiration

An act of heroism, of extraordinary courage, the grandeur of it, won't easily inspire us to act in imitation, but it can inspire us to emulate its author. For that, we should learn what we can of the whole experience of the subject, the hero's life, as it was before and after, and believe that trying to emulate the character it reveals is one tried way to prepare for the tests that might await us and gain hope that our courage will not be wanting in the moment.
John McCain - Action
- Inspiration - Politician - Courage

Presidential ambition is a disease that can only be cured by embalming fluid.
John McCain - Ambition - Politician


Politics, under a democracy, reduces itself to a mere struggle for office by flatterers of the proletariat; even when a superior man prevails at that disgusting game he must prevail at the cost of his self-respect. Not many superior men make the attempt. The average great captain of the rabble, when he is not simply a weeper over irremediable wrongs, is a hypocrite so far gone that he is unconscious of his own hypocrisy.. a slimy fellow, offensive to the nose.
H. L. Mencken - Politics - Democracy -
Proletariat - Politicians - Hypocrisy - Unconscious

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.
H. L. Mencken - Government - Talent - Theft - Lies - Politicians - Election

Suppose two-thirds of the members of the national House of Representatives were dumped into the Washington garbage incinerator tomorrow, what would we lose to offset our gain of their salaries and the salaries of their parasites?
H. L. Mencken - Politicians - Washington


Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.
Angela Merkel - Money - Life - Priorities - Earnings - Politicians

If you want to be constructive in politics, the less you look back, the better. If you do look back, then it can only be to learn for yourself through the events that have taken place.
Angela Merkel - Politicians - Learning

We must never forget our responsibilities as politicians to our country and its citizens. We must always remain humble before our people.
Angela Merkel - Politicians - Responsibility - People

To be serious, if we were only interested in earning big money then a politician would have to go and work in industry.
Angela Merkel - Money - Earnings - Politicians - Jobs

I don't believe you are simply born with the ambition of becoming chancellor. But if you want to make a difference, if you enjoy putting ideas into practice, then the post of chancellor has to be the one presenting the biggest opportunity of all.
Angela Merkel - Change - Politicians - Ambition - Ideas - Enjoyment
- Opportunity

In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), think the war wasn't worth fighting (51%), and don’t approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%).
Michael Moore - America - Winning - Politicians
- War - President

I personally hold Tony Blair more responsible for this war (in Iraq) than I do George Bush. The reason is, Blair knows better, Blair is not an idiot. What is he doing hanging around this guy?
Michael Moore - Politicians - War - President - Responsibility

These b**tards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control.
Michael Moore - America - Politicians - Criticism - Government


In my heart I know you didn't come here just for me, you came here because you believe in what this country can be. In the face of war, you believe there can be peace. In the face of despair, you believe there can be hope. In the face of a politics that's shut you out, that's told you to settle, that's divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what's possible, building that more perfect union.
Barack Obama - War - Encouragement - America - Politics - Belief

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted-or at least, most of the time.
Barack Obama - America - Politicians - Dreams - Fear - Miracles - Thinking - Ideas - Hope
- Business

You know what’s really frightening? You (Jon Stewart) actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it’s true. You’ve got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night and they can vote.
Bill O'Reilly - Power - Presidential - Politicians

I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly these past few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.
Sarah Palin -
Politicians - Politics - Media - Journalism - Opinions - Washington - America - News

I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening. (talking about Barack Obama at the Republican convention speech in 2008)
Sarah Palin -
Politicians - Politics - Praise - Criticism - Religion

Up here in Alaska we're sitting on billions of barrels of oil. We're sitting on hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of natural gas onshore and offshore. And it seems to be only the Republicans who understand that companies should be competing for the right to tap those resources, and get that energy source flowing into these hungry markets so that we will be less reliant on foreign sources of energy. In a volatile world, relying on foreign regimes that are not friendly to Americans, asking them to ramp up resource production for our benefit, that's nonsensical.
Sarah Palin -
Politicians - Politics - America - Oil - Republican - Energy - Pollution

I've never needed a lobbyist personally to put my case. I'd rather put my case myself. But I don't understand how other people look at things. A lot of people in business haven't been involved in politics. They are frightened of ministers and the whole procedure. It's not something to be frightened of. It's something to go in and realise that people who go into politics, regardless of being Labor, Liberal or Nationals, primarily go in to serve the community.
Clive Palmer - Politics - Lobby - Business - Politicians - Fear - Liberal - Labor - Community

When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers.
Ron Paul - American - Government - Spending - Economy - Debt - Money - Monetary Policy - Taxes - Borrow - Politicians

We’ve got all these politicians talking about better health care and what all, but believe me, we’re not going to have the money to take care of sick people.. or anyone else as far as I’m concerned.. if we don’t fix our energy problem right now. I’ve got an idea what to do. It might not be a perfect idea, but hell, none of my best ideas have been perfect.
T. Boone Pickens - Politicians - Health - Money - Energy - Oil - Problems - Ideas - Perfect

We are now spending half a trillion dollars on foreign oil, importing 62 percent of the oil we use, and we haven’t had the leadership in D.C. to do anything about it. We've got to move to other sources of energy. But we’ve gotten way behind, and will continue to pay the fiddler. It’s not a good future.
T. Boone Pickens - Politicians - Money - Energy - Oil - Dollar - Washington - Leadership - USA

As an advisor, I can say what I want. If I were a politician, I would constantly have to compromise, and I’m incapable of doing that.
Azim Premji - Politician - Dishonesty - Truth

I do not know whether I will be in this place for a short or a long time. That is for others to decide. But what I do know is that I have no intention of being here for the sake of just being here. Together with my colleagues it is my intention to make a difference.
Kevin Rudd -
Politicians - Change - Ambition - Improvement

Mr Howard's problem is for so long he's been a climate change sceptic, how can he, therefore, put himself to the country as part of a climate change solution for the future.
Kevin Rudd -
Australia - Politicians - Criticism - Problems - Climate Change - Solutions

I just don't really get into all that sort of personal negative stuff. My job is to outline some positive plans for the country's future and perhaps Mr. Howard and the Government don't like the fact that I'm putting out some positive alternatives. What's their preference.. for me to be a negative carping opposition leader?
Kevin Rudd -
Australia - Politicians - Criticism - Government - Negative - Positive - Planning

When I was on my way to the podium a gentleman stopped me and said I was as good a politician as I was an actor. What a cheap shot.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Fun - Politicians - Criticism

I think that if it is.. has to do with global warming, or if it has to do with raising the minimum wage, or if it has to do with lowering prescription drugs for vulnerable citizens.. all of those things are people issues, not Democratic issues or Republican issues.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Environmental - Economy - Global Warming - Government - Politicians - People - Wage

I'm not a politician. I only want to help relieve the suffering in communities, and I want to help people see their community in each other.
Russell Simmons - Change
- Politicians - Help - Poverty

The pro-Israel lobby has been remarkably successful in suppressing criticism. Politicians challenge it at their peril because of the lobby's ability to influence political contributions.
George Soros - Israel - Lobby - Criticism - Fund Raising - Politicians

Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center.
Jon Stewart - Politicians
- America

President Bush announced his new economic plan. The centerpiece was a proposed repeal of the dividend tax on stocks, a boon that could be worth millions of dollars to average Americans. Well, average stock-owning Americans. Technically, Americans who own a significant amount of shares in dividend-dealing companies. Well, rich people, that's what I'm trying to say. They're going to do really well with this.
Jon Stewart - Politicians
- America - President - Taxes - Rich - Stocks

Donald Rumsfeld. Love him or hate him, you've gotta admit: a lot of people hate him.
Jon Stewart - Politicians
- Funny - Love - Criticism

This morning, prompted by increasing concerns about terrorism, oil prices reached a record high as the cost of a barrel of crude is a whopping $44.34. Wow, it seems shocking that a product of finite supply gets more expensive the more we use it. Now the terror alert means higher oil prices, which oddly enough means higher profits for oil companies giving them more money to give to politicians whose policies may favor the oil companies such as raising the terror alert level. As Simba once told us: "It's the circle of life."
Jon Stewart - Politicians
- Profits - Products - Companies

That's the beauty of our show. Comedy or politics. We're sort of a mix. A space age polymer of both. A synthetic comedy-like material.
Jon Stewart - Politicians
- Funny

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
Donald Trump - Politicians


Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Mark Twain - World - Smart - Stupid - Government
- Politicians

My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
Mark Twain - Death - Government
- Politicians - Loyalty - Patriotic

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