Political Quote of The Day

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  1. QUENTIN
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    Thought this might be a good idea for a long-running thread.

    Basically you can quote a policitician (including world leaders) or simply somebody speaking of politics in general. Quotes you agree or disagree with, just anything you find interesting and think others would benefit from reading.

    Keep it to one per day for each individual. Make sure to credit the person who said it as well.

    I'll start things off:

    "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people...This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense."
    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
     
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    One of my favorites, though I wonder how applicable it is when it comes to stateless terror organizations. It reflects the fact that at the end of the day, everyone wants to know that they'll still be alive tomorrow morning.
     
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    "When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads." - Ron Paul
     
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    Oh, I thought you meant quotes that are current and worth reading.
     
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    The chief executive who knows his strengths and weaknesses as a leader is likely to be far more effective than the one who remains blind to them.
    John Adair
     
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    Nope. Its easier to quote a man who was at the helm with the only war (police action) half way around the world and for the benefit of another country.

    Wonder if DDE would say the same thing now; you know, with an enitre group of people hell bent on killing us. My guess, is no.
     
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    [She] had no notion of basic high school history. She barely understood what the Cold War was….didn't know what the Federal Reserve did….[and] couldn't tell you why there's a North and a South Korea.
     
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    Different situation. Eisenhower was very concerned about the rise of the industrial-military complex, and with good reason. The arms race with Russia helped bankrupt and ruin one of the two powers involved and nearly did the same to the other.

    I think that if Eisenhower were around today, he probably still wouldn't favor expensive bombers and naval vessels. Instead he'd be interested in drones and special forces which are very effective against insurgents.
     
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    Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.

    The best argument against a Democracy is 5 minutes with the average voter.

    Yes, Madam, I am drunk. And you are ugly - but tomorrow morning I'll be sober - and you'll still be ugly


    The last one is paraphrased, but all three are from Winston Churchill.
     
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    Another good Churchill quote:

    "We are not a young people with an innocent record and a scanty inheritance. we have engrossed to ourselves... an altogether disproportionate share of the wealth and traffic of the world. We have got all we want in territory, and our claim to be left in the unmolested enjoyment of vast and splendid possessions, mainly acquired by violence, largely maintained by force, often seems less reasonable to others than to us.”
    -Winston Churchill
     
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