The 40 Best Political Quotes Of 2009
Obviously, coming up with a list of “best” quotes for an entire year is going to be a little subjective. Still, I wanted to give it shot. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section…oh, and enjoy!
40) If people plunder you on the sea, that”s piracy. If people plunder you on land, that’s the Obama administration. — Frank J.
39) America became a great civilization thanks to a culture based on the value of having to earn almost everything an American got in life. As it abandons this value, it will become a mediocre civilization. And eventually it will not be America. It will be a large Sweden, and just as influential as the smaller one. — Dennis Prager
38) More than a week after President Barack Obama’s cold-blooded killing of a local couple, members of the American news media admitted Tuesday that they were still trying to find the best angle for covering the gruesome crime.
‘I know there’s a story in there somewhere,’ said Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, referring to Obama’s home invasion and execution-style slaying of Jeff and Sue Finowicz on Apr. 8. ‘Right now though, it’s probably best to just sit back and wait for more information to come in. After all, the only thing we know for sure is that our president senselessly murdered two unsuspecting Americans without emotion or hesitation. — The Onion
37) The president has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. — Mark Steyn
36) The Left has declared war on Palin because she threatens their existence. Liberals need women dependent and scared so that women, like blacks, will vote Democrat. — Robin of Berkeley
35) The Republican party is not a church. It does not promulgate doctrine and then exclude those who fail to share it. But political parties must stand for something, or they will be unable to generate enthusiastic support from the volunteers needed to burn shoe leather and calories winning competitive elections. — Ralph Reed
34) The mainstream perception that conservatives are close-minded and dogmatic while liberals are open-minded and free-thinking has it almost exactly backward. Liberal dogma is settled: The government should do good, where it can, whenever it can. That is President Obama’s idea of pragmatism and bipartisanship: He’s open to all ideas, from either side of the aisle, about how best to expand government and get the state more involved in our lives. — Jonah Goldberg
33) No matter how bad things get under Comrade Obama, at least we have PETA for comic relief. The latest word in their campaign to have fish renamed “sea kittens” so that we’ll feel too guilty to eat them…Maybe liberals would stop killing their own children if we call them “womb kittens.” — Van Helsing
32) If you say, “Chairman Mao? Wasn’t he the wacko who offed 70 million Chinks?”, you’ll be hounded from public life for saying the word “Chinks.” But, if you commend the murderer of those 70 million as a role model in almost any school room in the country from kindergarten to the Ivy League, it’s so entirely routine that only a crazy like Glenn Beck would be boorish enough to point it out.
Which is odd, don’t you think? Because it suggests that our present age of politically correct hypersensitivity is not just morally unserious but profoundly decadent. — Mark Steyn
31) As I said repeatedly during the campaign: Obama only appears “cool” and “even-tempered” because he’s never challenged. His “vetting” by the media consisted chiefly of juicy-mouthed nether-kissing.
It’s not difficult to appear “cool” under those circumstances. Anyone who freaks out and goes to pieces because he’s being praised too much is a lunatic. — Ace
30) The political class can’t imagine a decentralized world where good things happen…without them. But in the real world, that’s exactly how good things happen, and how jobs are created. When government sets simple rules that everyone understands and then gets out of the way, free people create jobs. — John Stossel
29) It seems to me that President Carter has earned his place as if not the worst president in history, the worst president of the 20th Century. — John McCain
28) The big mistake of Republican leadership is thinking that going through the motions of listening to their “base” is the same thing as actually listening to the base. They keep trying to drag us to where they think we should be instead of joining us where we are. — Yael
27) Since this is an era when many people are concerned about “fairness” and “social justice,” what is your “fair share” of what someone else has worked for? — Thomas Sowell
26) It’s hard to appreciate an entity’s leading role in the world when it’s been sucking on your tit for 60 years as Europe has with regard to the United States, parasitically. — Charles Krauthammer
25) We think we can’t survive without deficit spending — but we soon won’t be able to survive with deficit spending, either. — Tony Blankley
24) Here’s the question that puzzles me: why do so many people who view politics as a dismal parade, and hold such a low opinion of politicians, seem so willing to entertain massive expansions of the government? What do they think is going to happen to the amount of politics infusing their lives, if the government nationalizes a few more industries, and racks up a couple trillion more in deficit spending? — Dr. Zero
23) “President Obama can ban the phrase “war on terror” but he cannot ban the terrorists’ war on us. That war continues, so there is no reason to turn terrorists loose before it ends. They chose to make it that kind of war. We don’t need to risk American lives to prove that we are nicer than they are.” — Thomas Sowell
22) “Isn’t it fabulous how Obama has reconciled with our enemies and put fear into the hearts of Americans? Does any image illustrate so neatly the wrongheadedness of the Obama administration than Americans scrambling in terror from Air Force One?” — Tantor on the “Scareforce One” debacle
21) There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs. — Thomas Sowell
20) No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. —Thomas Sowell
19) I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election. — Barack Obama
18) If you’re kidding, I’m not laughing. If you’re serious, I’m getting my gun. — Harvey
17) What does calling this medical care legislation “historic” mean? It means that previous administrations gave up the idea when it became clear that the voting public did not want government control of medical care. What is “historic” is that this will be the first administration to show that it doesn’t care one bit what the public wants or doesn’t want. — Thomas Sowell
16) “It is business as usual, spending money like a drunken sailor,” said Sen. John McCain. “And the bar is still open.”
But when sailors get drunk and spend crazily, they are on shore leave and spending their own money. When they get back aboard ship, they sober up and shape up, and do the vital work they enlisted to do.
These congressmen never stop bingeing. They are addicts. They are alcoholics. And they are spending our money. — Pat Buchanan
15) A fine prose style is an indicator of absolutely nothing regarding its owner.
Neither are charm, wit and class, which are traits any semi-successful con man or long haul serial killer can and must cultivate.
I’m reminded of the lines in a Diane Schoemperlen short story; the young female narrator falls in love with a man mostly because he looks so adorable when he sleeps. She says that it wasn’t until many years later that she realized this was, in fact, a fairly common phenomenon and not a sign of good character. — Kathy Shaidle
14) “Diversity” is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought. True, America does a better job than most at accommodating a diverse population. We also do a better job at curing cancer and containing pollution. But no one goes around mindlessly exclaiming: “Cancer is a strength!” “Pollution is our greatest asset!” — Ann Coulter
13) We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past. — Thomas Sowell
12) Isn’t food important? Why not “universal food coverage”? If politicians and employers had guaranteed us “free” food 50 years ago, today Democrats would be wailing about the “food crisis” in America, and you’d be on the phone with your food care provider arguing about whether or not a Reuben sandwich with fries was covered under your plan. — Ann Coulter
11) Intellectualism has become the readiness, willingness and ability to call dangerous things safe, and safe things dangerous. — Morgan Freeberg
10) Umbrage is itself, generally, a lie. The ostensible victim of the offensive remark (call him or her the “umbragee”) is actually delighted at the opportunity, while the ostensible offense giver (call him or her the “umbragor”) is sorry to have wandered into this thicket, or is made to feel sorry as the umbrage game plays itself out. The rules of the game are perverse but simple: I scream with pain until you cry “uncle.” — Michael Kinsley
9) The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”
Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it. — Sarah Palin
8) The government competes in the private sector the way an alligator competes with a duck. — Mike Pence
7) I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised. — Carrie Prejean set off a firestorm after giving this response when she was asked about gay marriage
6) Bowing to the Saudi king is not an energy policy. — Newt Gingrich
5) Madam President, I’m sad to say that I serve during what I would call the selfish generation. The political leadership that we have today that we are a part of no doubt embodies the most selfish policies this country has seen in its history. There is no question that is the case.
For short time political gain, in order to make certain constituencies happy, in order to give people what they want with no sacrifice, we are willing to throw future generations under the bus. — Bob Corker
4) If we’re able to stop Obama on [health care reform], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him and we will show that we can, along with the American people, begin to push those freedom solutions that work in every area of our society. — Jim DeMint
3) If we have another 2,000 people killed, I want Nancy Pelosi and George Soros, John Conyers and Pat Leahy to go to the funeral and say, ‘Your son was vaporized because we didn’t want to dump some guy’s head under water for 30 seconds.’ — Peter King
2) The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. — Sarah Palin
1) You Lie! — Joe Wilson during a Barack Obama speech to Congress
Today at 4:30PM eastern a blogger conference call was held by Representatives John Shadegg (R, AZ) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Back in 1951, Eric Hoffer wrote a brilliant book called The True Believer. From the intro, here’s what it’s designed