27 Quotes That Reflect Today’s America

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The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

-Oscar Levant


I once said to my father, when I was a boy, ‘Dad we need a third political party.’ He said to me, ‘I’ll settle for a second.’

-Ralph Nader


Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

-Gore Vidal

#24: (Almost a century before!)

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

-Joseph Stalin


The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

-Dante Alighieri

#22: (Do-gooders, Do!)

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.



Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

-Ernest Benn


If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

-Noam Chomsky


Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.

-Mao Zedong

#18: (Even in COVID)

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

-Caskie Stinnett


Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

-Charles de Gaulle


In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

-Napoleon Bonaparte


We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.

-Kin Hubbard


A week is a long time in politics.

-Harold Wilson


Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

-E. B. White


It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

-Ronald Reagan

(for the uninitiated, Mr. Reagan was referring to prostitution)


Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

-Robert Kennedy

#10: (What’s unpalatable?)

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

-John Kenneth Galbraith


Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.

-W. C. Fields


Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

-George Will

#7: (The inward-looking west)

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.

-Nelson Mandela

(No wonder, Barack Obama was inspired)


Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.

-Will Rogers


Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.

-Herbert Marcuse

#4: (Greeks. They always knew.)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.



Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

-Mario Puzo (author, The Godfather)


Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

-George Bernard Shaw


The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Man is by nature a political animal.


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