Jesse Ventura

(James George Janos)

Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura
  • Born: July 15, 1951
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Quote Topics Cited
False flag operations seem to be a standard method of getting into a war. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
How come life in prison doesn't mean life? Until it does, we're not ready to do away with the death penalty. Stop thinking in terms of "punishment" for a minute and think in terms of safeguarding innocent people from incorrigible murderers. Americans have a right to go about their lives without worrying about these people being back out on the street. So until we can make sure they're off the street permanently, we have to grit our teeth and put up with the death penalty Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I believe in the separation of church and state... We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don't believe at all... They are all citizens of Minnesota and I have to respect that. Religion & God
I don't support abortion. I could never participate in one. But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again. What criminalization will do is force women into garages and back alleys, and then you're going to have two lives in jeopardy. My mom, who was a nurse, used to talk about the messes that would come in after back-alley abortions went wrong. The way to stop abortion is to deal, philosophically and spiritually, with the people who get them. And that's not something government can touch. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent. Death ;Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I view the traditional two parties as in some ways very evil. They've become monsters that are out of control. The two parties don't have in mind what's best for Minnesota. The only things that are important to them are their own agendas and their pork. Government's become just a battle of power between the two parties. Political Parties & Machines
I’m against parties. Take the party designations from the ballot and make politicians run on their names only. Political Parties & Machines
I'd like to work on having every fourth year become a year in which no laws are made, but the old laws are reviewed, updated, or deleted as needed. That way we won't get endless, obsolete laws piling up on the books. Legislating & Legislative Process
I'm all for gun control, I just define it a little differently. If you can put 2 rounds into the same hole from 25 meters, that's gun control! If you're going to own a gun, you have an obligation to know what you're doing with it. When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other. So I support waiting periods and training requirements for gun ownership, and I like the idea that is shouldn't be incredibly easy to get guns. Guns & Gun Control
I'm not knocking private schools, but I owe it to my kids to let them grow up in a place where private school isn't required. They're only in school 6-8 hours a day; they have to live in their neighborhood 24 hours a day. I didn't want them growing up in a place where anybody with the means had abandoned their public schools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It's panhandling. . . That's the system we have, though. It's based on bribery. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business. I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you'd want them to treat you. The religious right wants to tell people how to live. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our government has the weirdest bias against cannabis [Marijuana]. There's no reason for everybody to be so afraid of it. It's not the antichrist the DEA makes it out to be. Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful. And government has no business telling us what we can and can't use for pain relief. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice ... Our government should not dictate actions. The United States of America exists because people wanted to be free to choose. All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Patriots serve. Patriots vote. Patriots attend meetings in their community. Patriots pay attention to the actions of government and speak out when needed. Patriots teach their children about our history, our precious democracy and about citizenship. Being an active, engaged citizen means being a patriotic American every day. No law will make a citizen a patriot. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Prohibiting something doesn't make it go away. Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it's run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it's legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Same Sex Marriage. Could someone please tell me how this will affect me? Come on, this is Harvard, folks. I came all the way out here to learn this.. Families, Children & Parenting
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege. There isn't a person on this planet by this time who doesn't know that when you consume alcohol you shouldn't get behind the wheel of a car. The people who do it anyway should have their privilege to drive taken away. Transportation
They could care less about the public. The public comes in third. Number one is keeping their power. Number two are the special interests, the people footing the bill. Finally, the public good might be third — if they can profit from it. If there's no profit, they could care less. Lobbying & Special Interests
War isn't civilized. War is failure. It's the ultimate result of a breakdown in public policy, and soldiers are the machines that handle that breakdown. In warfare, you're taught to do whatever you have to, to stay alive. War & Peace
Whenever you take a stand on an issue, people will line up around the block to kick your ass over it. By having an opinion, you make yourself a target. Why do you think Congress likes to hide behind closed doors at decision-making time? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don't have to be a career politician to serve in public office. You don't have to be well-connected. You don't even have to be a Democrat or a Republican. You can stand on your own two feet and speak your mind, because if people like where you're coming from, they will vote you in. The will of the people is still the most powerful force in our government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A car is a 2,000 pound projectile that can go 100 miles an hour.
A crime is a crime, regardless of what collar you wear.
A war is justified if you're willing to send your son. If you're not willing to send your son, then how do you send someone else's? War & Peace
After Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, I was heartened to see him issue an Open Government Initiative on his first full day in office. Government
Al Gore, you've been a real inspiration. But a lot of other people who preach the global warming gospel aren't out to save the world. They're out to run it.
All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same. Respect ;Government
Any party that would put Sarah Palin up on a pedestal will never have my support.
Are you familiar with 9/11? Building 7? You know what was in there? All the Enron stuff. I guess that building went down on its own.
As governor, there isn't a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime. Law enforcement is really a local issue. It's the cops' job to tighten down on criminals.
Barack Obama's large contributor was Goldman Sachs - same thing on the Republican side. If you go to both their conventions, you see the same lobbyists paying off both sides so they win either way.
Congratulations, you have a sense of humor. And to those who didn't: Go stick your head in the mud. Humor
Democrats are so spineless, so afraid to go against the tide... but dissension is the greatest form of patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism
Disabled people need more invested in their education, housing, job training, transportation, assistive technology, and independent-living facilities. Governments earn back this investment - and more - by making people with disabilities economically productive citizens. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Don't vote for a Democrat or Republican, I have never voted for one in my life and I never will. Life
For every day the government is shut down, it should be that we don't have to pay income tax that day because they're not working. Government
Get every candidate to wear a NASCAR racing suit when they go debate; this way we can see how their sponsors really are.
Government has no place telling you who to fall in love with and who to marry. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Government
Government is at its worst when you have apathy from its citizens. Government
Government is connected to everything we do. Government
Government is like physics, you know - for every action, there's a reaction. Government
Government works less efficiently when it begins to grow out of control and takes on more and more of the responsibilities that belong to the citizens. Government
Governments are run by people. People can be bad.
Government's role should be only to keep the playing field level, and to work hand in hand with business on issues such as employment. But beyond this, to as great an extent as possible, it should get the hell out of the way. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Health insurance should be a given for every citizen. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I also believe that government has no business telling us how we should live our lives. I think our lifestyle choices should be left up to us. What we do in our private lives is none of the government's business. That position rules out the Republican Party for me. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I asked Dalai Lama the most important question that I think you could ask - if he had ever seen Caddyshack.
I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed. Government
I believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill John Kennedy. I believe that.
I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I believe that the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin are two of the greatest rock bands ever!
I believe to go along to get along is unpatriotic. I believe that agreeing with your government on everything they do is unpatriotic. I believe a patriot stands up and holds your government's feet to the fire. Because if you do that, you will get good government. Government
I can't see any difference in government between Bush and Obama apart from the color of their skin. Government
I could never be a career politician, because I believe in telling the truth. Truth
I decided to run for governor because I got mad... I want to make government more directly accountable to the people. Government
I do not support the third party movement anymore. I now advocate the abolishment of all political parties. We've allowed the parties to take over the government. Government
I don't believe we need the government's help as much as some think we do. That belief sets me apart from the Democrats, since their way of dealing with everything is to tax and spend. Government
I don't have to muzzle myself when I'm a civilian. When you're a governor, you kind of have to do it, because you represent the whole state. You have to leave your personal opinions to yourself a lot. I learned that.
I don't oppose hunting in any way, shape or form. If that's what you enjoy doing, you are free to do it.
I don't support abortion. I could never participate in one. But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again.
I don't support communism. I don't like that type of government. Government
I don't take PAC money. I don't take special interest money. Money, Coins & Minting
I don't want to spend the rest of my life in politics. When I'm finished with my term as governor, I'm going back to the life that's waiting for me in the private sector. Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I find that the history books that we teach our kids with are not fully truthful, in my opinion. History
I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book 'War is a Racket.' War & Peace
I have every right to know how my taxes are spent, how every single penny of it is spent. I have the right to know that.
I have metal in my body, so every time I go to an airport, the metal detector goes off. Time
I like surfing in Mexico a whole lot better than sitting with people in Washington that I don't even like.
I live in Mexico in the wintertime, and I live off the grid down there.
I love fat people. Every fat person says it's not their fault, that they have gland trouble. You know which gland? The saliva gland. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never believe anything in the world of entertainment until it actually happens and the check clears the bank.
I never thought I'd be investigating global warming. I believe it's real and that saving the planet is good.
I speak my mind. If it offends some people, well, there's not much I can do about that. But I'm going to be honest. I'm going to continue to speak my mind, and that's who I am.
I speak my mind. That's who I am.
I tend to like to read history - recent history, because I find that much more intriguing than just a writer's imagination. History
I think a person who is disabled should be disabled by no act of their own. If you become disabled because of alcoholism, drugs, or things of that nature, I do not think those conditions qualify someone to be called disabled. I think those conditions result from personal decisions. Nature
I think that Minnesota is different because we are proving that tri-partisan government could work, that you do not need to necessarily be a Democrat or a Republican to be successful at governing. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think that when Americans go to vote, states should not list what party the candidates are affiliated with. That would require voters to actually think and get to know a candidate instead of voting for their favorite gang. 'Oh, this guy is a Republican, so he must be good.'
I think the founding fathers believed religion shouldn't interact directly with government. Religion & God ;Government
I think they should let gays in the military because we are the United States of America. And if a gay person wants to serve his or her country, why should they not be allowed to?
I will not be a Democrat or a Republican. They are the problem, not the solution. We need to abolish political parties in this country.
I would give the people of America to their first opportunity to elect a president who doesn't belong to either party since George Washington.
I would rather be uncomfortable with the truth than to be lied to in comfort. That's just my nature. Truth ;Nature
If I can get on the presidential ballot in all 50 states and be allowed into the debates, I'd not only run, I'd win.
If I wanna be president, I probably can.
If I were an innocent individual, flown to a foreign country and held for several years and tortured, I'd become a terrorist, too. I'd go to war against the U.S. War & Peace
If Jesus came back today, I think he'd throw up.
If the government mandates anything with a price tag on it, then it ought to fund the project. Government
If waterboarding's OK, why don't we let our police do it to suspects so we can learn what they know? We only seem to waterboard Muslims... Have we waterboarded anyone else?
If you start studying history closer, you'll find that most all wars are based on false flag operations to get people - to convince the people that they're under attack in some way so that they will support the wars. History
If you want to stop illegal immigration, you have to make it so that - so that the people that hire the illegal immigrants will not be in a position to hire them.
If you were to come to Minnesota, I could have you locked up like that. That's power. Power
If you work for the federal government, the average salary is $7,000 higher than the private sector. Something's wrong with that, when you're making more money working for the government than you can working in the private sector. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If you're smart enough to go to college, you should be smart and creative enough to pay for it.
I'm a Slovak. And when I was growing up, I believed that I was Czechoslovakian because of what Russia did. They came in and took two separate countries - Slovakia and the Czech Republic - put them together as one.
I'm a warrior at heart; I'm an ex-Navy Seal. I'm too old to wage war anymore, and so now I wage it mentally. And so I find politics very stimulating; it's war without guns. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective.
I'm an Angus King independent.
I'm an equal opportunity despiser.
I'm going to put on my gravestone, 'He never owned a cell phone.'
I'm kind of like Che Guevera. I lead the revolution, but at some point I turn it over to someone else.
I'm not allowed on FOX, and I'm not allowed on MSNBC.
I'm saying 9/11 was to get us into Iraq and get us into Afghanistan.
I'm saying that there's way more to 9/11 than mainstream media and our government have told us. Government
I'm the only person in the world that, when he holds down two jobs, gets criticized for it; everyone else gets a pat on the back and say, 'What an entrepreneuring, hardworking person,' but apparently that doesn't apply to me.
I'm tolerant of all religions... I don't care if someone wants to go out there and worship the bark on a tree.
In February 2003, I signed a three-year contract with MSNBC to host a talk show. Having recently decided not to run again for governor of Minnesota, I was still a pretty hot commodity. The show was originally scheduled for an hour, four nights a week.
In my era of wrestling, there were no guaranteed contracts, so it was inherent that you draw the crowd in to make money. Money, Coins & Minting
In the last recession, 99 percent of us have lost wealth, but did you know that the top 1 percent increased their wealth five times? It tells you they create recessions so they get wealthier.
In wrestling, my mustache made me look more like a villain. A good mustache can give you the look of the devil.
Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.
Is it government's job to make up for someone's mistakes? Government
It seems that elections today are more popularity than they are substantial issues.
I've been water-boarded, and I speak from experience, and it's torture.
I've jumped out of an airplane 34 times. I've dove 212 feet under water. I've done a lot of things that defied death. Death
I've never been arrested in my life. Never had cuffs put on me, never been charged with a crime, never spent one day in jail. Life
Jobs are created in the private sector. Not by the president or the government unless they're government jobs. Government
Let me say this: I'm paranoid of the government. They've lost my trust. They've lied to me so many times that I don't know what to believe from them anymore. Trust ;Government
Let's face it: WikiLeaks exists because the mainstream media haven't done their job.
Let's remember, the CIA's job is to go out and create wars.
Liberty is security. Freedom is security. Freedom & Liberty
Love is bigger than government. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Government
Love is by far bigger than the government can ever be. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Government
Mexico has strict gun control. You cannot own a gun in Mexico.
Monsanto can do anything they want to you, and put anything they want into your foods. There's nothing you can do about it.
My attitude when I'm in Mexico is I wake up in the morning with nothing to do and I go to bed half done. I don't wear a watch. When I live down there, I do nothing according to time. I eat when I'm hungry and go to sleep when I'm tired. Time ;Morning
My children were attacked by the Minnesota media when I was governor.
My father used to always say to me that, you know, if a guy goes out to steal a loaf of bread to feed his family, they'll give him 10 years, but a guy can do white-collar crime and steal the money of thousands and he'll get probation and a slap on the wrist. Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
My four years as governor, I never met with a lobbyist once, never. Not one lobbyist got in my office.
My position is that it isn't government's job to mandate patriotism. To me, mandating a pledge of allegiance to a government is something Saddam Hussein would do. Government ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Okay, fluoride in the water to help our teeth. Well, shouldn't that be the job of your mom and dad? To teach you how to brush your teeth and use mouth wash? What do we need the government to do it for? Clearly, what a scam. Fluoride in the water. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting
Once you privatize something, it becomes a for-profit business. Business, Commerce & Finance
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. Religion & God
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business. Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Our military doesn't defend our American people. Our military is the strong-arm muscle of corporations.
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Patriotism to your country is something that comes from your heart. It should be taught to you by your parents. Citizenship & Patriotism
People don't like politicians.
People in this country need to understand when you go to any airport in the United States, you are not protected by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. They can do anything they want to you, and there is no where you can go to seek redress.
Personally, I think Julian Assange is a hero.
Politics is not my life. I have a career in radio and another career in film. Life ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Remember that government doesn't earn one single dollar it spends. In order for you to get money from the government, that money must first be taken from somebody else. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
Republicans are not a political party. It's a mental condition.
Sarah Palin's a quitter.
Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me.
Tell the truth because then you don't have to have a good memory. Truth
The communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole. But what he didn't figure into was human nature, and that's what corrupts it. Nature
The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's all. It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
'The David Letterman Show' is a show of comedy.
The first thing out of Fidel Castro's mouth to me, he looked me right in the eye and said, 'You're a man of great courage.'
The news used to be to report facts and allow you to make the decision.
The SuperPACs and the Citizens United ruling that gives corporations a voice in the political process are all bad news. They made it so you can now lie, and the politician being promoted on that lie will not be held responsible for it.
The thing is, and Americans are starting to realize this now, that while street gangs are violent, the Democrats and Republicans are worse. They are worse because their decisions affect your life. Life
'The Young and the Restless' is my favorite television show.
There are a lot of good causes out there, but they can't possibly all be served by government. Government
There are lots of people out there who think they know the truth about God and religion, but does anybody really know for sure? That's why the founding fathers built freedom of religious belief into the structure of this nation, so that everybody could make up their minds for themselves. Truth ;Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag. Citizenship & Patriotism
There is no right religion, and no one can prove that there is. Religion & God
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege.
There's nothing glamorous about war at all. War & Peace
We call our country home of the brave and land of the free, but it's not. We give a false portrayal of freedom. We're not free - if we were, we'd allow people their freedom. Freedom & Liberty
We're the Fascist States of America today, not the United States of America, because the corporations are in power. Power
What do we have for veterans? Government-run health care. I understand that. Congressmen and senators... they get five choices of government-run health care. Why should a congressman and senator get anything more than a regular citizen does? Why are they privileged and the rest of us aren't? Health, Healthcare & Medicine
When I ran for governor of Minnesota, I only raised $300,000.
When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other.
When you drink fluoridated water, you're drinking liquid Prozac. You drink enough of it, even though it's a small amount, drink it for decades and decades and what does Prozac do to you? It dumbs you down; it makes you docile.
When you live in Mexico, your houses all have names.
When you reach a certain age in life, time becomes more important than money, and I think that happens in your 50s. Life ;Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Whenever the government says, 'It's time to move on,' that means there's something they don't want you to know about. Time ;Government
WikiLeaks is exposing our government officials for the frauds that they are. They also show us how governments work together to lie to their citizens when they are waging war. Government ;War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
Wrestling is ballet with violence. Sports & Athletics
You can have solid third party politics, but the problem is you're all lumped in to all the fringe groups. That's a stereotype that happens. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't legislate against stupidity.
You can't legislate morality.
You can't put civil rights on the ballot.
You don't need lawyers making laws. Regular citizens can make laws. Let the lawyers work under the laws. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
You have to accept the rule of law, even when it's inconvenient, if you're going to be a country that bides by the rule of law.
You need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out.
You're lucky if I watch 10 minutes of wrestling a month. Most of the time, I channel surf, and I lose interest after a few minutes. Time