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I believe that I was lucky to have suffered. Some people don’t realize that in suffering there is great potential, because if you are deprived for any reason.. politically, financially, socially or otherwise.. and if you set your mind in the right direction, you will find that the only way to survive is for you to excel, by being better so you can be treated better.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh - Belief - Luck - Inspirational
- Politics - Finance - Social - Best - Pain - Challenges

The average voter out there understands that the next president is going to have to be prepared to immediately step in without hesitation and end our involvement in Iraq. It's very difficult to figure out how to move on to broader foreign policy concerns without fixing Iraq first.
Joe Biden -
War - Voting - President - Iraq - Politics

I don't think the government can dictate the definition of marriage to religious institutions. But government does have an obligation to guarantee that every individual is free of discrimination. And there's a distinction. I think government should not be able to dictate to religions the definition of marriage, but on a civil side, government has the obligation to strip away every vestige of discrimination as to what individuals are able to do in terms of their personal conduct.
Joe Biden - Politics - Government - Dictate - Religion - Discrimination - Marriage

If your kitchen table is like mine, you sit there at night before you put the kids to bed and you talk about what you need. You talk about how much you are worried about being able to pay the bills. Ladies and gentlemen, that is not a worry John McCain has to worry about. It's a pretty hard experience. He'll have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at.
Joe Biden - Politics - Children - Talk - Worry
- Bills - Rich - Funny Political

My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don't think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society. I've thought a lot about it, and my position probably doesn't please anyone. I think the government should stay out completely. I will not vote to overturn the Court's decision. I will not vote to curtail a woman's right to choose abortion. But I will also not vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.
Joe Biden - Politics - Government - Religion - Society - Voting
- Woman - Abortion - Decisions

There's good reason to be excited. You have the first woman running who is qualified, and a very attractive African-American who has demonstrated crossover appeal. I got involved in politics 40 years ago during the civil rights movement, so yes, it's an exciting thing.
Joe Biden - Politics - America - Woman - Civil Rights - Exciting


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

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

We look a little bit disorderly, indecisive, leaderless. That’s a real problem, and that’s a problem that concerns me particularly on foreign affairs. The presidency, not just President Obama, but the presidency in recent years has lost some of the terrain that they used to dominate in the making of foreign policy. I think President Obama has to make a serious effort to regain it because he lost some of it himself.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - America - Lack - Politics - Problems - Geopolitics - Foreign Policy - President - Influence

I think the US has the right to have its own national security policy. I think most Americans would agree with that. And therefore clarity on this issue is important and especially if we commit ourselves, explicitly and bindingly, to Israel’s security.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - America - Geopolitics - Politics - Israel - Foreign Policy
- Security

The most immediate task is to make certain that no state or combination of states gains the capacity to expel the United States from Eurasia or even to diminish significantly its decisive arbitration role.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - America - Geopolitics - Politics - Europe - Asia
- Power

Too rich to be relevant to the world's poor, Europe attracts immigration but cannot encourage imitation. Too passive regarding international security. Too self-satisfied, it acts as if its central political goal is to become the worlds most comfortable retirement home. Too set in its ways, it fears multicultural diversity.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - Geopolitics - Security - Politics - Europe - Rich
- Retirement

We have a large public that is very ignorant about public affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - America - Ignorance - Politics - Dumb -
Public Relations

The notion that somehow or another they’ll (Iran) put it in a picnic basket and hand it to some terrorist group is merely an argument that may be convincing to some people who don't know anything about nuclear weapons.
I don’t find that argument very credible, I’m not sure that people who make it even believe in it. But it’s a good argument to make if you have no other argument to make. The fact of the matter is, Iran has been around for 3000 years, and that is not a symptom of a suicidal instinct.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - Geopolitics - Israel - Politics - Threat - Iran
- Terrorism - Argument - Lies - Weapon

This can be solved either by agreement or by intimidation, but not by war. War with Iran would be explosive and destructive for the entire region. I think the president must gradually move away from the notion that force is the last resort. It's not a resort at all.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - Geopolitics - Foreign Policy - Politics - President - Threat - War - Iran

The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.
Zbigniew Brzezinski - America - Geopolitics - Politics - Israel - Foreign Policy - Influence - Congress - Controversy


It's evolutionary, going from governor to president, and this is a significant step, to be able to vote for yourself on the ballot, and I'll be able to do so next fall, I hope
George Bushism - Politics - America - Funny - President - Government


My relationship with this good man (Tony Blair) is where I've been focused, and that's where my concentration is. And I don't regret any other aspect of it. And so I.. we filled a lot of space together.
George Bushism - Politics - Relationships - Focus


There's a lot of blowhards in the political process, you know, a lot of hot-air artists, people who have got something fancy to say.
George Bush -
Politics

We believe the American people can spend their money better than the government can spend it.
George Bush -
Politics - America - Belief - Government - Taxes - Money

We believe ranchers and farmers and family business owners can make better decisions about the future than the government can.
George Bush -
Politics - Belief - Government - Taxes - Farming - Decisions

I've made it clear, Madam President, that the war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs. It's a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people.
George Bush -
War - Politics - Religion - Arab

When it comes to the common rights and needs of men and women, there is no clash of civilizations. The requirements of freedom apply fully to Africa and Latin America and the entire Islamic world. The peoples of the Islamic nations want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every nation. And their governments should listen to their hopes.
George Bush -
America - Politics - Religion - Government - Opportunity - Human Rights - Freedom - Hope

You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.. So long as I'm the dictator.
George Bush -
Politics - Leadership

The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice, there are two political parties, there are a handful insurance companies, there are six or seven information centers.. but if you want a bagel there are 23 flavors. Because you have the illusion of choice!
George Carlin - America - Choice - Politics - Insurance - Illusion

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

You know in politics you are dealing in the realm of choices. You don't always have clear-cut decision between a thoroughly principled position and a thoroughly unprincipled one. You're making snap decisions with paucity of information, generally trying to do the best that you can, but you will make errors, and sometimes it's a decision between a bad and a worse alternative. It has to be done, because we need to order our society, and of politics it can literally be said: Bad job, but someone's got to do it.
Peter Costello -
Decisions - Social - Politics - Jobs

The prudential regulation that I have put in place has been absolutely critical. The fiscal policy which we have put in place has been absolutely critical and if people looked at Australia now turn its back on economic reform, which of course industrial relations rollback or throwback would be, let me tell you, that would really start affecting confidence.
Peter Costello -
Economy - Australia - Politics

Our system of government is one of checks and balances. It requires compromise.. compromise between the Executive and the Parliament, compromise between one House and another, compromise between the States and the Commonwealth and compromise between groups of persons with legitimate interests and other groups with other legitimate interests. There is room for compromise.. indeed demand for it.. in a system of checks and balances.
Peter Costello -
Government - Politics - Negotiation

This is not the kind of country where you would feel comfortable if you were opposed to democracy, parliamentary law, independent courts and so I would say to people who don't feel comfortable with those values there might be other countries where they'd feel more comfortable with their own values or beliefs
Peter Costello -
Social - Australia - Politics - Religion - Values - Belief - Culture

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

Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling.
David Geffen - Politics - Lies - Deceptive

The Prime Minister seems now to be basing his re-election campaign on this plot line. He is saying to the Australian people, look out, the baddies behind you - hiss, boo and whatever you do, don’t vote Labor. This political parody of pantomime is looking and sounding desperate.
Julia Gillard - Criticism - Australia - Politics

We are constantly being told that we’ve never been wealthier. And many of us are. On average we all are. But that’s just the problem.. no one is average.
Julia Gillard - Wealth - Problems - Politics


At the end of the day government is about teamwork and partnership and we will be proving that by working together.
Julia Gillard - Government - Partnership - Politics


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


For Indigenous Australians, equal rights and citizenship have not always translated into full participation in Australian society. All Indigenous Australians have only been counted in the census since the 1967 Referendum. Even so, State protection and welfare laws continued to control the lives of Indigenous Australians and denied them equal rights, well into the 1970's.
Jackie Huggins - Human Rights - Indigenous - Australia - Politics - Society

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

Presidents are now little more than corporate henchmen who take all the political heat while the controllers remain in the shadows, safe from public scrutiny.
Alex Jones - President - Corporate - Politics - Ruling Class

What a bunch of garbage, liberal, Democratic, conservative, Republican, it's all there to control you, two sides of the same coin! Two management teams, bidding for control of the CEO job of Slavery Incorporated!
Alex Jones - Jobs - Politics - Democratic - Republican - CEO - Control - Conservative - Liberal

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

Repeatedly asking for government help undermines the foundations of society by destroying initiative and responsibility. It is also a fatal blow to efficiency and corrupts the political process.
Charles Koch - Government - Responsibility - Society - Politics

I was taught from a young age that involvement in the public discourse is a civic duty. Each of us has a right.. indeed, a responsibility, at times.. to make his or her views known to the larger community in order to better form it as a whole. While we may not always get what we want, the exchange of ideas betters the nation in the process.
David Koch - Politics - Responsibility - Opinions - Community

Republicans have become the party of red, white and blue rose colored glasses. By drowning out criticism with USA! USA!, they prevent this country from healing itself where it needs healing, and that is the opposite of Country First.
Bill Maher - Republican -
America - Criticism - Patriotic - Politics

Karl Rove described Obama as "the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini, and making snide comments about everyone who passes by." Unlike George Bush, who's the guy at the country club who makes snide comments, and then passes out. Now this characterization, of course, was something Mr. Rove just completely pulled out of his bulbous, gelatinous a$$, but remember this is America, a land where people believe anything they hear.
Bill Maher - Republican -
America - Criticism - Politics - Stupid - Belief

Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change.
Martin Luther King Jr - Power - Social - Understanding - Strong - Change - Politics - Economy - Achievement

Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded.
Nelson Mandela - Peace - Democracy - Love - Human Rights - Politics

Between capitalist and communist society there lies the period of the revolutionary transformation of the one into the other. Corresponding to this is also a political transition period in which the state can be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.
Karl Marx - Social - Capitalism - Communism - Change - Revolution - Politics - Proletariat - Class - Dictator


Political economy regards the proletarian like a horse, he must receive enough to enable him to work. It does not consider him, during the time when he is not working, as a human being. It leaves this to criminal law, doctors, religion, statistical tables, politics, and the beadle.
Karl Marx - Religion - Politics - Proletariat - Class - Working Class - Economy - Work - Value - Law - Doctor


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

I was wise to quit writing for the Sun back in January, 1941, for it was obvious by then that Roosevelt would horn into the war soon or late, and I knew by bitter experience in the last war that I'd be throttled at once. Since then I have thought out many likely articles, but not one of them has been printable. In these days, indeed, my very vocabulary is prohibited. I couldn't so much as mention Roosevelt or Churchill or any of the other frauds without having to face a savage official onslaught, with all blows directed below the belt. The common notion that free speech prevails in the United States always makes me laugh.
H. L. Mencken - Government - Politics - Newspapers - America - Quitting - War - Freedom of Speech - Fraud

The course of the United States in World War II, I said, was dishonest, dishonorable, and ignominious, and the Sunpapers, by supporting Roosevelt's foreign policy, shared in this disgrace.
H. L. Mencken - America - War - Dishonesty - Newspapers - Foreign Policy


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

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

For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.
Michelle Obama -
Proud - USA - Change - Politics

Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day.
Michelle Obama - Politics - Family - Support

Barack, like any leader, is human. And, you know, our challenges in this country isn't finding the next person who's gonna deliver us from our own evil. Because our challenges are us. The challenges that this country faces is how are we as individuals in this society gonna change? What are we gonna do differently?
Michelle Obama - USA - Change - Politics - Leadership - Challenges - Society - Evil

Barack and I have been in the public eye for many years now, and we've developed a thick skin along the way. When you’re out campaigning, there will always be criticism. I just take it in stride, and at the end of the day, I know that it comes with the territory.
Michelle Obama - Politics - Criticism


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

People, regardless of political views, matter in this state and in this country and in this world. And, you know, when people attack people's basic rights and livelihoods, I'm concerned about it. And as a citizen of Queensland and nothing else, I've got the right to express my view.
Clive Palmer - People - Australia - Politics - Freedom of Expression

The Greens have not been providing you with the full information about where their money comes from or what it's about.
I think the Greens in this upcoming state election should resign if they're being funded by an offshore political power. It's tantamount to treason and something needs to be done about it.
Clive Palmer - Australia - Politics - Greens - Lies - Fund Raising

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

I've got enough money in my life to retire now and do nothing. But I've got a duty and obligation to see if we can create more jobs in this state, and the government's got an obligation to approve projects and to assess them for the benefit of the people of Queensland.
Clive Palmer - People - Australia - Politics - Money - Rich - Responsibility - Government - Obligation - Retirement

I think access to ministers should be just normal for any citizen in a society, because ministers stand at the last sentry of the gate to review the activities of the public service, and that's part of our democratic system. Every person should be allowed to have access to their local member of parliament or their minister.
Clive Palmer - Politics - Society - Democracy - Influence


For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with (Fidel) Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure.. one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
David Rockefeller - America - Power - World - Conspiracy Theories - Cabal - Ideology - Influential - Politics - Economy - Secret - Globalization - Economy - Guilty - International

Since leaving office in 1977, Dr. Kissinger has continued to play a highly influential role in U.S. politics, in the U.S. media, and in the Rockefeller world empire. It was Kissinger, along with David Rockefeller, who was decisive in the disastrous decision of President Carter to admit the recently toppled Shah of Iran, old friend and ally of the Rockefellers into the United States, a decision that led directly to the Iranian hostage crisis and to Carter's downfall.
Murray Rothbard - America - Government -
Foreign Policy - Iran - Influential - Crisis - Politics - Manipulation - Elite

Kissinger's major, and most lucrative role, has come as head of Kissinger Associates in New York City, founded on a loan obtained in 1982 from the international banking firm of E.M. Warburg, Pincus and Company. Nominally, Kissinger Associates (KA) is an "international consulting firm" but "consultant" covers many sins, and in KA's case, this means international political influence-peddling for its two dozen or so important corporate clients.
Murray Rothbard - America - Foreign Policy -
Influential - Politics - New York City - Loan - Manipulation - Elite - Ruling Class

On the whole, my family had always adopted a reserved attitude toward Zionism; my great-uncle Edmond had acted on his own in generously supporting Jewish Palestine, for reasons more humanitarian and religious than political. But the devastation caused by the war and the extermination of six million Jews radically changed all of our former attitudes. The idea of a Jewish homeland acquired an intense emotional appeal; I myself became an ardent Zionist..
Guy de Rothschild - Jewish - Zionism
- Support - Human Rights - War - Humanitarian - Killed - Israel - Palestine - Conflict - Religion - Politics

For two thousand years the Jews have suffered from oppression by most of the people with whom they've been in contact; and it seems inconceivable to me, for the dignity and honor of Israel, that a Jewish army or government should now play the opposite role and appear to be the oppressor, against whom a resistance movement will inevitably arise.
Guy de Rothschild - Jewish - Arab - Zionism
- Conflict - Human Rights - Israel - Palestine - Humanitarian - Oppression - Army - Government - Politics

Compassion is not a dirty word.. it's time we rehabilitated compassion into the national political vocabulary of this great nation of ours.
Kevin Rudd -
Compassion - Australia - Politics

Politics is about power. It is about the power of the state. It is about the power of the state as applied to individuals, the society in which they live and the economy in which they work. Most critically, our responsibility in this parliament is how that power is used: whether it is used for the benefit of the few or the many.
Kevin Rudd -
Politics - Power - Social - Economy - Responsibility

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


In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.
Mark Twain - Religion - Politics - Conviction - Belief - Stupid

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