On Politics – from Margaret Thatcher to Gore Vidal

  • There are no lost causes in politics because there are no won causes. – Margaret Thatcher
  • If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. – Margaret Thatcher
  • The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. – George Bernard Shaw
  • During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell
  • Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. – T.H. Huxley
  • Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible. – Robert LeFevre
  • Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. – H. L. Mencken
  • Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. – H. L. Mencken
  • A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. – H.L. Mencken
  • A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. – H.L. Mencken
  • Adultery is the application of democracy to love. – H.L. Mencken
  • Democracy allows mediocrity to rise to the top. – George Bernard Shaw
  • Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. – HL Mencken
  • While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. – Lenin  
  • Believe nothing until it has been officially denied. – Claud Cockburn
  • Things in our country run in spite of government, not by the aid of it. – Will Rogers
  • It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong. – Thomas Sowell
  • Take our politicians:  they’re a bunch of yo-yos.  The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize. – Saul Bellow
  • The constitution has broken down.  We have no enemies except the ones we select and direct towards the nearest nuclear bombs.  They need an enemy to provoke, a diversion.  This is the mentality of tenth-rate people who are in politics because corporate America likes them.  They are malleable.  They give them contracts to build missile shields that will never work.  It’s deeply corrupt. – Gore Vidal


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