On Politics: from Twain and O’Rourke to Rush Limbaugh

  • The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. – Mark Twain
  • When you are in politics you are in a wasp’s nest with a short shirt-tail, as the saying is. – Mark Twain
  • Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech… – Mark Twain
  • Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God’s infinite mercy, a last resort. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • If government were a product, selling it would be illegal. – P.J. O’Rourke
  • Character matters; leadership descends from character. – Rush Limbaugh
  • No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity. – Rush Limbaugh
  • Compassion is no substitute for justice. – Rush Limbaugh
  • The future is not Big Government. Self-serving politicians. Powerful bureaucrats. This has been tried, tested throughout history. The result has always been disaster.
  • Let me tell you who we conservatives are: we love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. – Rush Limbaugh


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