1179) Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Laurence J. Peter Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1977) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
1180) One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics, is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Plato The Republic (c.350 BCE) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
[Note: A more colloquial variant is "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."]
1181) Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then - we elected them.
Lily Tomlin (widely attributed) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
1182) Whether you have an abortion, what you put in your own body, with whom you have sex - these are not the affairs of the state. A government does not exist to control the citizens. When it does, it is a tyranny, and must be fought.
Gore Vidal Who Owns The US (1991) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
1183) It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) The Age of Louis XIV (1752) [WQ] posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
[Note: A common variant is "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.]
1184) No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all-disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report...
Woodrow Wilson Congressional Government (1885) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
1185) Americans like to talk about (or be told about) Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
Frank Zappa (attributed) posted by Kevin Harris [UAQ] (7/3/95)
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 493 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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