Political Inspirations
 

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation” – John F. Kennedy

“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today” – Barack Obama

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything” – Alexander Hamilton

“The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future” - Hillary Clinton

“The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible” – Hillary Clinton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America” – President Bill Clinton

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quite, never quit, never quit” – President Bill Clinton

"The essential principles of our Government... form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety." –Thomas Jefferson

"The man who loves his country on its own account, and not merely for its trappings of interest or power, can never be divorced from it, can never refuse to come forward when he finds that she is engaged in dangers which he has the means of warding off." --Thomas Jefferson

"Our duty to ourselves, to posterity, and to mankind, call on us by every motive which is sacred or honorable, to watch over the safety of our beloved country during the troubles which agitate and convulse the residue of the world, and to sacrifice to that all personal and local considerations." --Thomas Jefferson

"Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself." --Thomas Jefferson

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge give” – James Madison

"Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air
and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of
fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."
-- Carl Sagan

We must become the change we wish to see in the world-Gandhi

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of
its creed.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

People often say, with pride, "I'm not interested in politics." They might as well say,
"I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my
freedoms, my future or any future."
-- Martha Gellhorn

Progress is not automatic; the world grows better because people wish that it
should, and take the right steps to make it better.
-- Jane Addams

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much is whether we provide enough for those who have little” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built”- Eleanor Roosevelt

“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true democracy all over the world, we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example; not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world” – Barbara Boxer

You know you’re a Republican When…

You've ever referred to someone as "my (insert racial or ethnic minority here) friend"
You've ever tried to prove Jesus was a capitalist and opposed to welfare.
Your hero growing up was Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.
You think trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
You think being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
You once broke loose at a party and removed your neck tie
You've ever referred to the moral fiber of something.
You answer to "The Man."
You don't think "The Simpsons" is all that funny, but you watch it because that Flanders fellow makes a lot of sense.
You don't let your kids watch Sesame Street because you accuse Bert and Ernie of "sexual deviance."
You think Birkenstock was that radical rock concert in 1969
You've argued that art has a "moral foundation set in Western values."
You point to Hootie and the Blowfish as evidence of the end of racism in America.
You've ever said "Clean air? Looks clean to me."
You've ever said civil liberties, schmivil schmiberties.
You ever told a child that Oscar the Grouch "lives in a trash can because he is lazy and doesn't want to contribute to society."
You believe the hole in the ozone layer to be a myth created by crazy liberals.

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