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Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen. Mort Sahl
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. Leo Rosten
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. Alexis de Tocqueville
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. Elbert Hubbard
Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid. Kin Hubbard
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli
All reactionaries are paper tigers. Mao Zedong
The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. Oscar Levant
A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money. Carter Glass
There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets. Fiorello LaGuardia
The Right said, "If we only annex the West Bank, we'll be safe and sound." The Left said, "If we only hand over the West Bank, we'll have peace". The Right said, "Our dead died because of the Left's delusions", while the Left said, "Our dead died because of the Right's fantasies." Rather than face a tragic reality imposed on us from without, we chose to create a simplistic narrative of Right against Left. Ari Shavit
Don't hang out with the conservatives. They're boring. Hang out with the liberals. They're more interesting. William F. Buckley Jr.
Almost any theory, even those espoused by self-proclaimed conservatives, can be held in an absolutistic way such that it poses a threat to institutional and political stability. Ian Hampshire-Monk
... to teach the necessity of respect for the rights of persons and property as fundamental to every form of government...to teach the duty of government, to encourage and protect individual and group initiative and enterprise, to foster the right to work, earn, save and acquire property, and to preserve the ownership and lawful use of property when acquired. American Liberty League
The Kochs, like many other hard-right conservatives, redefine "socialism" as almost any form of government which taxes citizens and regulates businesses. Gus DiZerega
God has sent us the Schiavo case to draw attention to the fact that I and the conservative movement are under attack. Thomas D. DeLay
If you want to take my guns away from me, and you’re all for murdering fetuses, and love it when homosexuals marry each other, and want to give them kitchen appliances at their showers, and you’re for the poor, you’re a liberal. If you are against those perversions and for the rich, you’re a conservative. What could be simpler? Kurt Vonnegut
The liberals of the world are brothers, everywhere Jose de San Martin
Nanny states are interested in social order. Daddy states are interested in public order. Dottie Lamm
The conservatives say they are protecting the values of society. They are protecting their privileges. Muhammad Al Zulfa
Barry Goldwater made conservatism so unattractive I wouldn't have voted for it myself. Walter H. Judd
…liberals have traditionally distinguished themselves from conservatives by insisting that to promote liberty, America must promote opportunity as well. Peter Beinart
I have no trouble understanding Democrats. I sleep with one every night. Arnold Schwarzenegger
I do not think that the social conservative movement have the ability to elect a President but they have the ability to block. Mitt Romney
I'm a confirmed Libertarian. I believe that the principal difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats just want to grow our Imperial Federal Government a bit faster than the Republicans do. Neal Boortz
A Whig [Liberal] may be a fool, a Tory [Conservative] must be so. Horace Walpole; 4th Earl of Oxford
The way to help this country is to limit Republican power. Howard Dean
When a liberal says they are going to soak the rich, the middle class will get drenched. Mark Kennedy
We are loyal Republicans. We believe in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.… We also believe all Americans have the right to liberty, freedom, and equality. Log Cabin stands up against those who preach hatred and intolerance. We stand up for the idea that all Americans deserve to be treated equal---regardless of their sexual orientation. Log Cabin Republicans
The Tory is one who is governed by sense and habit alone. He considers not what is possible, but what is real; he gives might the preference over right. He cries long life to the conqueror, and is ever strong upon the stronger side—the side of corruption and prerogative. William Hazlitt
Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of the conservative Christians. John C. Danforth
Piety and virtue lie in obedience and conformity, while nothing is more repugnant than change and innovation. Nabih Amin Faris
They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have never found a Federalist over the age of 30 who has ever changed his mind about politics. James K. Polk
Socialists do not propose by a single Act of Parliament, nor by a sudden revolution, to put all men on an equality, and compel them to remain so. Socialism is not a wild dream of a happy land, where the apples will drop off the trees into our open mouths, the fish come out ot the rivers and fry themselves for dinner, and the looms turn out ready-made suits of velvet with gold buttons, without the trouble of coaling the engine. Neither is it a dream of a nation of stained-glass angels, who always love their neighbours better than themselves, and who never need to work unless they wish. Robert Blatchford
Every communist has a fascist frown, every fascist a communist smile. Muriel Spark
True liberalism seeks all legitimate freedom first in the confident belief that without such freedom the pursuit of all other blessings and benefits is vain. That belief is the foundation of all American progress, political as well as economic. Herbert Hoover
The role of a conservative is not to pass laws but to repeal them. Barry Goldwater
He that will not look forward must look behind. Irish Proverb
Republican government loses half its value where the moral and social duties are ... negligently practiced. Noah Webster
You're considered to have a rare kind of social disease if you espouse neo-conservative ideas in Canada. Barbara Amiel
This Republican party of Lincoln has become a theocracy. Christopher Shays
Republicans look after the rich, and Democrats focus on the needs of the middle class. Neither of them looks after the poor. Jim Wallis
I hardly think that Jesus was pro tax cut and in support of the Iraq War. How did Jesus become pro rich and pro war? Jim Wallis
You know that no son of mine could be a goddamn liberal. Joseph P. Kennedy
I didn't desert the Democratic party; the Democratic party deserted me. Ronald Reagan
Conservatives don’t seem to criticize their own as much as liberals do. It’s not that they don’t do it. It’s that they don’t do it with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Nick Anderson
Neoconservatism is a blend of realism and idealism. We have the idealism of the liberals but we look at the reality of the world. Douglas Murray
Liberalism! This is the slogan of every educated and sober-minded person in Russia. This is the banner which can unite about it people of all spheres, all estates, all inclinations. This is the word which can mold a powerful public opinion, if only we can shake off from ourselves self-destructive laziness and indifference to the common cause. Boris Nikolayevich Chicherin
Liberal institutions soon cease from being liberal the moment they are soundly established. Friedrich Nietzsche
There were lots of moderates under the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. The trouble with moderates is they only have influence if they make themselves heard. Lawrence Murawiec
Republicans are always much more supportive of unions in Poland than they are of unions in the United States. E. J. Dionne Jr.
We truly have a balance of power. The Republicans control Washington and the Democrats control Hollywood. William Schneider
I do hope that next year Republicans and Democrats will do nothing. Lewis Black
Bipartisanship may be abnormal, but it does occur. The challenge is to explain why it occurs at all, and why it never lasts. Peter Trubowitz
The genius of American government consists of the creative tension between conservatives on the one hand and liberals on the other hand.. George McGovern
You may be the most liberal, Liberal Englishman, and yet you cannot fail to see the categorical difference between the responsible and the irresponsible classes. D. H. Lawrence
Our duty is to stand up for those who do the right thing. Michael Howard
Well, there are all kind of hearts. There are bleeding hearts and there are hard hearts. Lindsey Graham
A liberal is someone who is so open-minded that he won’t even take his own side in an argument. Anonymous
A conservative is a worshipper of dead radicals. Anonymous
Constituency drives out consistency. Anonymous
Liberals seem to be able to deal with every kind of person except those who don't understand them. Anonymous
I am not a centerist. Bella Abzug
Ultra-liberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order. Spiro Agnew
It isn't about liberals and conservatives. It's about who has better programs. Clifford Alexander
Conservatism, I believe, is mainly due to want of imagination. Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen
I have never really liked Lowell Weiker personally, but I think that those of us who are conservative have wasted entirely too much effort fighting him over the years. James Altham
I said to my liberal friend that we are fundamentally the same. I spend money like its my money and you spend money like its my money. Richard K. Armey
There are voices in the Republican Party today who preach pragmatism, who champion conciliation, who counsel compromise. I stand here today to reject those deceptions. John Ashcroft
I do not believe that our place is at the comfortable mid-point between the extremes of left and right. Jeremy John Dunham 'Paddy'
Our concern is with the loss of tolerance, the absence of compassion and the downgrading of fairness as expressed in this neo-conservative age. Jack Austin
The Tory approach depended on benefits trickling down from a process that inevitably strengthened the already strong. Jack Austin
We read occasionally in conservative literature alternations of sentences, the first appeal to the coarsest prejudice—the next a subtle hint to a craving and insatiable skepticism. Walter Bagehot
Let each class of dissenting socialists stand aloof from our Republic and experiment to their hearts content on their own wiser system. It is their right to do so uninjured and at their own cost. Adin Ballou
The great value of the two party system is that after the progressive party has taken a step forward in the face of agonized yells, the conservatives come in and—true to their platform—change nothing at all. Such is the way dangerous innovations turn into glorious traditions. Jacques Barzun
Have we come to the point where the Democratic Party needs a Republican President? Warren Beatty
Those interested in perpetuating present conditions are always in tears about the marvelous past that is about to disappear. Simone de Beauvoir
Once in a while I can agree with the enemy. Robert Beckel
A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. Henry Ward Beecher
When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell has already rung. Henry Ward Beecher
It suggests the red flag with all manner of sexual novelties, and an abusive tone about God and religion. Edward Bellamy
Conservatives need to go where the facts, not ideology, take them. William Bennett
It's like being criticized by liberals. You wake up the next morning and you get over it. William Bennett
A liberal is a man or woman or child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night and a bright, infinite, future. Leonard Bernstein
How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century. Aneurin Bevan
A Democrat is a progressive individual, who believes in regenerating the National Government by inaugurating a system of wholesale plunder in place of the policy which now obtains. A Republican is a conservative person, who favors leaving matters as they are. Of the two policies, that of the Democrat is safer and the more economical, but that of the Republican is the more practical at present. Ambrose Bierce
Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. Ambrose Bierce
It would be hard to avoid the conclusion that we are a society composed entirely of battered wives, molested children, humiliated ethnic groups, exploited workers, and other groups despised for their sexual preferences or cultural attributes, all spoiling in a festering environment. Conrad Black
We are America. They [Democrats] are not America. Richard Bond
There is a segment of the right that doesn't care about winning, what I call zealotry masquerading as principle. Richard Bond
Left-wing confusion spawns right-wing reaction. A. Alan Borovoy
Unhappily, religion is used to cover or bolster up a number of bad practices. I … still see a threat of Catholic-Fascism. And officially the Irish Roman Catholic Church is opposed to progress as not good for the people …. The effect of religious opinion in this country (Protestant as well as Catholic) seems to be, a heavy trend to the Right. Elizabeth Bowen
It is the duty of the liberal to protect and extend the basic democratic freedoms. Chester Bowles
Because there can be no real individual freedom in the presence of economic insecurity, liberalism carries a heavy responsibility in fighting continuously to expand our economy. Chester Bowles
Liberals think that goats are sheep from broken homes. Malcolm Bradbury
We're going to have to take the best of the liberal agenda and the best of the conservative agenda and create an American agenda. William W. Bradley
Any well-established village in New England or the Northern Middle West could afford a town drunkard, a town atheist, and a few Democrats. Denis William Brogan
Democrats tend to always encourage people to vote – whether they are alive or dead. Hank Brown
The Conservative party has a serious problem. They are stuffed full of homosexuals … yet they want to gain votes by being opposed to homosexuality and appeal to the homophobic and older voters. Michael Brown
The American people will always be progressive as well as conservative. Orestes Augustus Brownson
A liberal Republican is a contradiction in terms ... a moderate Republican is a liberal who doesn't like to call himself a liberal. Pat Buchanan
The future belongs to Conservatives. They are younger, they are more energetic, they dominate the party caucuses, they dominate the nominating process. They are committed to ideas, not simply personal aggrandizement or title. Pat Buchanan
All socialists are either dumb or romantic. William F. Buckley Jr.
Conservatism is the politics of reality. William F. Buckley Jr.
I'm a liberal when it comes to human rights, the poor; so's George W. Bush.... But liberal and conservative don't mean much to me anymore. Does that mean we care about people and are interested and want to help? And if that makes you a liberal, so be it. Barbara Bush
Should our party by led by someone who boasts of a hard heart? George W. Bush
Some call you the elite. I call you my base. George W. Bush
The party of Lincoln has not always carried the mantle of Lincoln. George W. Bush
Too often on social issues my party has painted an image of America as slouching towards Gomorrah. George W. Bush
All great Peoples are conservative; slow to believe in novelties; patient of much error in actualities. Thomas Carlyle
May you be as rich as a Republican and have the sex life of a Democrat. Johnny Carson
Republicans will take on people in the interest of power. Democrats will take on power in the interests of people. James Carville
Conservation must become before recreation. Prince Charles
That’s what Republicans are about—giving rich people tax breaks. Cher
The Bolsheviks called their system socialist so as to exploit the moral prestige of socialism. The West adopted the same usage for the opposite reason: to defame the feared libertarian ideals by associating them with the Bolshevik dungeon Noam Chomsky
If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain. Winston Churchill
They voted against us for a reason. They didn’t like what we had become. Joe Clark
It has crossed my mind that you cannot be a Christian and a Republican. Hillary Clinton
If you really want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic because we give you a better economy. Bill Clinton
The people's flag is deepest red; It shrouded oft our martyred dead .... Then raise the scarlet standard high. Within its shade we'll live or die. Tho' cowards flinch and traitors sneer, We'll keep the red flag flying here. James Connell
If the Democratic Party is to win in November, it will have to fly with both its wings—the liberal and the conservative. John Conyers
Political Correctness … is really treason against the U. S. Constitution and against America Council of Conservative Citizens
There are two great antagonistic principles at the root of all government, stability and experiment. The former is Tory, and the latter is Whig. John Wilson Croker
I know that liberalism isn't dead in this country.... It simply has, temporarily we hope, lost its voice. Walter Cronkite
Every capitalist is your enemy. Every working man is your friend. Eugene V. Debs
Except in certain enclaves of absurdity and irrelevance, such as the universities and the Public Broadcasting System, virtually no one in the world believes any more that there is a system preferable to ours: more benign, more equitable, more productive. Another way many people liked to refer to what we were doing was waging "a battle of ideas." That battle, at least among serious people, is now over. We have won it.... [I]t is the sight of these stricken, homeless orphans of the Left that convinces us that our work in this Committee has been successfully concluded. Midge Dector
Leftist things have done terrible harm to our party in the past … Socialism may be ruined by rightism and may also be ruined by leftism. China must guard against rightism but should mainly guard against leftism. Deng Xiaoping
A liberal is a conservative who's been indicted. Alan Dershowitz
I'm always happy to see one of my Republican colleagues make a mistake. John Dingell
I am a conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a radical to remove all that is bad. Benjamin Disraeli
I consider it a great homage to public opinion to find every scoundrel nowadays professing himself a liberal. Benjamin Disraeli
The friends of the court and the advocates of lineal succession, are, by the republican party, branded with the title of tories, which was the name of certain Irish robbers: while the court party in return would find no other revenge that by appropriating to covenanters and the republicans of that class, the name of the Scotch beverage of sour milk, whose virtue they considered so expressive of their disposition and which is called Whig. Isaac D'Israeli
The philosophical conservative is someone willing to pay the price of other people's suffering for his principles. E. L. Doctorow
The Democrats are the party of war. Bob Dole
Hardly a man came out of wartime Washington whose ways of thinking were not profoundly influenced by that environment. The liberal tenets had become a dogma that a man questioned at his peril. John Dos Passos
You do not have to be a wastrel to be a liberal. Paul H. Douglas
It is very difficult to be a Tory intellectual. Owen Dudley Edwards
Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what, they call socialism. Richard T. Ely
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. Ralph Waldo Emerson
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position of nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The democrat is a young conservative; the conservative is an old democrat. The aristocrat is the democrat ripe and gone to seed. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The castle which conservatism is set to defend is the actual state of things, good and bad. Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Describing the Republican Party:] ... the party of memory Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liberalism is today charged in the mind of most Americans with nothing less than national, racial and spiritual treason. Hiram Wesley Evans
Conservatives must move from stop to go, from making points to making change. Edwin Feulner
Raising taxes kills conservatives. Newt Gingrich
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence; Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. William E. Gladstone
The old decadent, worm-eaten liberalism is finished Joseph Goebbels
I never wanted the government to feel my pain. I wanted it to feel my boot in its butt. Jonah Goldberg
Many Americans don't like the simple things. That's what they have against conservatives. Barry Goldwater
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans ... Barry Goldwater
an out and out Socialist. Barry Goldwater
[Conservatism is:] using solutions that have worked in the past and applying them to solve the problems of the present. Barry Goldwater
We don't have an allegiance to either party. Our allegiance is to the issues that affect our community. Larry Gonzolez
The Republican party is not a party of conservative ideology. It is a party of conservative clients. Whenever possible the ideology will be invoked as a justification for taking care of clients' needs. When the two are in conflict, the conservative principles must be discarded and the clients are served. William Greider
As in most country constituencies, the majority of those of wealth or large property are on the Conservative side. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The right hand doesn’t know what the far right hand is doing. Barney Frank
A civil libertarian today in Washington is a conservative whose friends have been indicted. Barney Frank
The division of the vote is hardly to be considered at this time. It is the duty of the Negro to vote for the Republican party. It will be quite time to consider the advisability of dividing the vote … when shotguns are dropped from the assassins hands, when mob fires cease to be funeral pyres, when the accident of birth-nature ceases to amount to a crime, when color and oppression are no longer synonymous, when the laws of this fair land are administered to all alike. The Democratic party has spoken. It is not misunderstood. Freeman
Republican politics: Every man for himself. Democratic politics: Something for nothing. Al From
A conservative is someone who demands a square deal for the rich. David Frost
Vote Labor and you can build castles in the air. Vote Conservative and you can live in them. David Frost
I never dared be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old. Robert Frost
A liberal is a man who's too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. Robert Frost
Conservatives are unashamed by self-interest and feel comfortable exercising power on their own behalf. Leslie H. Gelb
American political life has reached the stage where a vocal and powerful group uses "liberal" as a term of contempt.... Never before in our history has this been true. Liberals and conservatives have disagreed and, on occasion, have stoutly fought each other; but not in the lifelong recollection of the speaker has any similar attempt been made to convert an honorable word for a socially useful attitude into a sling of mud to be thrown at a political opponent. Ralph E. Flanders
I don’t think America really has a left wing. The American left wing would fit very comfortably in the center or center right of most European political spectrums. Mark Hertsgaard
Other than their own advancement, I am at a loss to understand what is it that the so-called black conservatives are so anxious to conserve. Leon Higgenbotham Jr.
Some people say we Democrats have to nominate a moderate in 1988, someone who doesn't say much, who says it with a slightly southern accent, who espouses strong conservatism with just a little dash of compassion thrown in. They've described a liberal Republican basically, sort of a George W. Bush with chest hair. Jim Hightower
Extremist thought is about to overwhelm the world. Hirohito
Powerful imaginations are conservative. Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Man is by nature a conservative animal and government is his instrument for preventing rapid change. J. Herbert Holloman
The Democrat’s worst fear is that somebody, somewhere is making money. And the Republicans are afraid that people are having fun. Well, we like to do both. Jacob Hornberger
The Tory party are chiefly made up of the very rich, operating on the fears or the interests, or the ignorance of the poor. Joseph Howe
Orthodoxy is a corpse that doesn't know it's dead. Elbert Hubbard
Orthodoxy: That peculiar condition where the patient can neither eliminate an old idea nor absorb a new one. Elbert Hubbard
One of the unpardonable sins, in the eyes of most people, is for a man to go about unlabeled. The world regards such a person as the police do an unmuzzled dog, not under proper control. Thomas Huxley
As the refugees stream north history is going to assign you folks [liberals] the role of pallbearers at the funeral of freedom in Central America. Henry Hyde
There are now only a few countries following the socialist ways. We are one of these. Kim Dal Hyon
A New Dealer regrets poverty and deplores the fact that it is necessary for society to slough off its misfits as an individual sheds his impurities and his diseases. But New Dealers believe that human want and human distress should be prevented or at least ameliorated. Harold L. Ickes
He who is liberal devises liberal things; and by liberal things he shall stand. Book of Isaiah
A Conservative on the House Education and Labor Committee is one who spends conservatively. A Liberal on the House Education and Labor Committee is one who spends liberally. A Conservative on the House Armed Services Committee is one who spends liberally. A Liberal on the House Armed Services Committee is one who spends conservatively. Andrew Jacobs Jr.
Both of our political parties, at least the honest portion of them, agree conscientiously in the same object: the public good; but they differ essentially in what they deem the means of promoting that good. One side believes it best done by one composition of the governing powers, the other by a different one. One fears most the ignorance of the people; the other the selfishness of rulers independent of them. Which is right, time and experience will prove. We think that one side of this experiment has been long enough tried and proved not to promote the good of the many, and that the other has not been fairly and sufficiently tried. Our opponents think the reverse. With whichever opinion the body of the nation concurs, that must prevail. Thomas Jefferson
Men have differed in opinion and been divided into parties by these opinions from the first origin of societies, and in all governments where they have been permitted freely to think and to speak. The same political parties which now agitate the U.S. have existed through all time. Thomas Jefferson
The division into Whig and Tory is founded in the nature of men; the weakly and nerveless, the rich and the corrupt, seeing more safety and accessibility in a strong executive; the healthy, firm, and virtuous, feeling confidence in their physical and moral resources, and willing to part with only so much power as is necessary for their good government; and, therefore, to retain the rest in the hands of the many… Thomas Jefferson
The division of Whig and Tory... is the most salutary of all divisions and ought, therefore, to be fostered instead of being amalgamated; for take away this, and some more dangerous principle of division will take its place. Thomas Jefferson
In truth, the parties of Whig [Liberal] and Tory [Conservative] are those of nature. They exist in all countries, whether called by these names, or by those of Aristocrats and Democrats, Cote Droite and Cote Gauche, Ultras and Radicals, Serviles, and Liberals. Thomas Jefferson
We’ve got to debunk the myth that Democrats and Republicans are different species that cannot crossbreed. Mae Jemison
A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that ancient institution, the old one. Douglas Jerrold
I want to be progressive without getting both feet off the ground at the same time. Lyndon B. Johnson
It's not those punks in the street [left wing radicals] that worry me, it's the right wing. That's the real beast if it ever gets unleashed. Lyndon B. Johnson
Our party’s always been the place you can come to wherever there’s injustice. That’s what the Democratic Party’s for. That’s why it was born. That’s why it survives. So the poor and the downtrodden and the bended can have a place to turn. Lyndon B. Johnson
I have always said, the first Whig [Liberal] was the Devil. Samuel Johnson
We are an inclusive rather than an exclusive party …. The authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted. Barbara Jordan
There is no such thing as a liberal dictatorship, because a dictator just cannot afford to be liberal. Carl Jung
As usual, the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. Harold MacMillan
In New York, the opposite of a Democrat is not a Republican; it’s a Fascist. Myron Magnet
You don’t make changes until you see a positive advantage for change. John Major
With the unwitting help of our modern Liberal leadership, Communism has now taken all but complete control of mankind. Clarence Manion
Republicans are not going to replace left wing social engineering with right wing engineering. Newt Gingrich
A young man under twenty-five who is not a Socialist has no heart, one above twenty-five who remains a Socialist has no head. Andre Maurois
A liberal is someone who throws a drowning man 50 feet from the shore a 30 foot rope and says, "I've met you more than halfway. Eugene McCarthy
It seems paradoxical that a region so dependant on the Federal government decried government influence. Lisa McGirr
Conservatives should be in power [only] when the country has no problems. George McGovern
Nothing so marks Republicans as their genius for organizing, and their take-no-prisoners approach to problems that Democrats leave to chance. Mary McGrory
Progressive and liberal are Satan's pet words. Carl McIntire
The abolitionists were looked upon as the radicals and militants of their time. James McPherson
The conservative principles are applicable to the to the most diverse situations. Klemens von Metternich
You go wherever the laugh is. I think in that respect Republicans have been a little better for us. Lorne Michaels
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people... it is true that most stupid people are conservative. John Stuart Mill
We are very happy that Republicans have discovered that Latinos exist in our country …. We have to remind ourselves of what the Republican party has done against to Hispanic people and the immigrant community. Gloria Molina
Let no one say ... that radicalism is the exaggeration of liberalism; no, it is its antipodes, its extreme opposite. Radicalism is nothing more than an exaggeration of despotism; and never has despotism taken a more odious form. Charles Montalembert
The liberal, emphasizing the civil and property rights of the individual, insists that the individual must remain so supreme as to make the state his servant. Wayne L. Morse
Actually I vote Labour, but my butler's a Tory. Louis Mountbatten
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from birth what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government to do good. Daniel P. Moynihan
America has had gifted conservative statesmen. But, with few exceptions, only the liberals have gone down in history as national heroes. Gunnar Myrdal
Yes, there is some zealotry among them; yes, some have proven to be crazies. But basically they are idealists .... How do you foster idealism without it becoming zealotry? Norman Lamm
Anyone who limits his vision to his memories of yesterday is already dead. Lillie Langtry
Everybody in Mariposa is neither liberal or conservative or else is both. Stephen Leacock
The worst enemy of the new radicals are the old liberals. Vladimir Lenin
The main principle and foundation of liberalism is the rejection of divine law. Leo XIII
The worst effect of student violence has been to excite liberals who assume that behind every act of violence there is a condition of injustice, and who take it as their guilty responsibility to eradicate the cause. William Letwin
Republicans ask, 'Is it Miss or Mrs.?' Democrats don't ask. Robert Levey
Liberals must stop hugging trees and start kicking some ass. Tom Leykis
The ancient liberal faith ... that our course be governed not by the dead hand of yesterday's facts and prejudices but by the living realities of today and our aspiration for tomorrow. It is this genius for making change serve the eternal unchanging values we cherish that is the very essence of American liberalism. David Eli Lilienthal
Democrats: The party that can't wait to fund every abortion in the world. Rush Limbaugh
We are the majority of the thinkers of the country. Rush Limbaugh
If both factions, or neither, shall abuse you, you will maybe be about right. Beware of being assailed by one and praised by the other. Abraham Lincoln
Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all other virtues. Walter Lippmann
A tired nation is a Tory [conservative] nation. David Lloyd George
Conservatives are always looking for converts, whereas liberals are always looking for heretics. Michael Kinsley
The dilemma of modern progressive politics is that you are always fighting on two fronts: The conservatives on the right, and the conservatives on the left. Tony Blair
Extremism of the right should not be answered by extremism of the left, because neither extremism will work. The country has been wise in avoiding extremism Zbigniew Brzezinski
When you are working a Republican crowd, and want to throw out some red meat, you can’t do any better than jumping on Ted Kennedy. George W. Bush
Neoconservatives habitually overstate America’s ability to export democracy. Thomas Corothers
Whenever the nation is under attack from within or without, liberals side with the enemy. Ann Coulter
A government role in our society should be inherently suspect …. There is something inherently coercive in the nature of government. Dinesh D'Souza
What if you are a conservative in a liberal environment? Then what you are conserving is liberalism. Dinesh D'Souza
Most voters—most Republicans—are too young to imagine a world before integration and have no longing to see one. Noemie Emery
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. English Proverb or Saying
Class warfare is a necessary requirement to be a modern certified liberal. Newt Gingrich
Democrats name their children after politicians, athletes, and entertainers. Republicans name their children after whichever grandparent has the most money. Andrew Jacobs Jr.
A neo conservative is someone who is against communism but will accept big government and socialism. John F. McManus
I don’t consider myself an isolationist. I consider myself a non-interventionist. John F. McManus
Rather than negotiate with the teachers’ unions and the trial lawyers and the various leftist interest groups, we intend to break them. Grover Norquist
There is a generation or two of intelligent people … Then comes a political catastrophe, and we have to begin all over again. We are so deeply divided between Catholics and liberals, right wing and left, that one-half can never profit by the knowledge and achievements of the other. Francisco Giner de los Rios
Don’t worry about that. He’ll be a loyalist right after the first fight. Richard Nixon
Godless Republicans Anonymous
The Democratic party favors low tariffs and no surplus in the treasury; but when its opponents, in their eagerness to favor the manufacturing interest keep the tariffs so high as to accumulate a surplus in the treasury, our policy is to return the money, as nearly as may be, to the people from whom it ought not to have been taken. Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
We've learned how to use the alternative media-political direct mail and talk radio and cable TV-to build our movement and convert more and more Americans to our cause. "Liberal" is now such an unpopular label with the American people that every liberal I know has run for cover and calls himself a "progressive. Richard A. Viguerie
Conservative Supreme Court Justices have overturned many more decisions arrived at by legislative majorities then have liberal justices. Lani Guinier
I do not fear … rupture—rupture with habits of thought, with ideas, with behaviors of the past that have prevented us from advancing, from grasping the future between our two arms … I want a rupture with conformity … with half heartedness … with conservatism … with immobility. This rupture I believe necessary. This rupture I have betrothed myself to. This rupture the French people have approved. This rupture I will perform. Nicolas Sarkozy
I'm a liberal. The "L" word! ... I love it. Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind... I'm a total, total, total liberal and proud of it. And I think it's outrageous to say "The L word". I mean, excuse me. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group. Lauren Bacall
I used to think that James Kilpatrick and Barry Goldwater were really conservative, but now we’ve got people to the right of them. They want to use government to be punitive. Molly Ivins
There are liberals everywhere… They’re hiding in the shadows and they are lurking there and they are around. Rush Limbaugh
I was never a Democrat but there are some Republicans who think I ought to be. Harold Stassen
The desire to restore everything indiscriminately to its ancient condition is neither wise nor praiseworthy. Pius XII; Eugenio Pacelli
Neoconservatives believe that we can only be defined by having an enemy. Wesley Clark
Goldwater and his crowd tell me that they’ll forgive you for anything except being weak. Lyndon B. Johnson
The Left’s essential mental instrument is class analysis, according to which society is best understood in terms of the competing interests of aggregate groups. Michael Laws
The label “liberalism” or “liberal” has been hijacked over the last century so that now it means something that's a 180 degree opposite of what it originally meant. Tibor R. Machan
You do not compromise with the right wing of the Republican party. Howard Dean
The conservative assumes sickness as a necessity, and his social frame is a hospital, his total legislation is for the present distress… Ralph Waldo Emerson
If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old. Neil Kinnock
To be a Conservative is to prefer the tried to the untried, the fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the super-abundant, the convenient to the perfect present, laughter to utopian bliss. Michael Oakshott
made it a catechism that low taxes solve everything David Stockman
Half the Democrats in Congress get elected by running for Civil Rights and the other half gets elected by running against Civil Rights. Richard Nixon
In the Democratic party they call the people who lost the last election losers. In the Republican party, we call them the next nominee. David Frum
We need 50 more Jack Abramoffs. Grover Norquist
Ronald Reagan could not get elected as a Republican today. Lindsey Graham
Conservatives have long stayed away from fairness debates. Arthur C. Brooks
In place of that noble love of liberty and republican government which carried us triumphantly thro’ the war, an Anglican, monarchical and aristocratical party has sprung up, whose avowed object is to draw over us the substance as they have already done the forms of the British government. The main body of our citizens however remain true to their republican principles, the whole landed interest is with them, and so is a great mass of talents. Against us are the Executive, the Judiciary, two out of three branches of the legislature, all of the officers of the government, all who want to be officers, all timid men who prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty, British merchants and Americans trading on British capitals, speculators and holders in the banks and public funds a contrivance invented for the purposes of corruption and for assimilating us in all things, to the rotten as well as the sound parts of the British model. Thomas Jefferson
If you would look at my record, you would know that I’m a Roosevelt New Dealer. As a matter of fact, John F. Kennedy was a little too conservative to suit my taste. Lyndon B. Johnson
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us. Lionel Trilling
Liberalism is the answer for which modernity is the question Alan Wolfe
Conservatives put the law before the man. Progressives put the man before the law. Paul Leslie
I hope for an America where neither "fundamentalist" nor "humanist" will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls. Ted Kennedy
Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line Bill Clinton
The radicals who you in Washington have co-opted … You’ve been using them. They believe in communism. They believe in and have called for revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. Glenn Beck
A welfare state, properly conceived, can be an integral part of a conservative society. Irving Kristol
There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people. There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults; and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults, and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy. It doesn't work Irving Kristol
A liberal is one who says that it's all right for an 18-year-old girl to perform in a pornographic movie as long as she gets paid the minimum wage. Irving Kristol
Neo-conservatives are unlike old conservatives because they are utilitarians, not moralists, and because their aim is the prosperity of post-industrial society, not the recovery of a golden age. Irving Kristol
Revolutionaries themselves are the last people to realize when, through force of time and circumstance, they have gradually become conservatives. Leonard Constant Lambert
I can’t tell you what a sane, calm, civil, fun-loving society we would have. Take guns out of the possession, out of the hands of liberals, take their typewriters and their keyboards away from ‘em, don’t let ‘em anywhere near a gun, and control their speech. You would wipe out 90% of the crime, 85 to 95% of the hate, and a hundred percent of the lies from society. Rush Limbaugh
American ideology is anti government. There is a streak of libertarianism on both conservatives and liberals. Eric Alterman
The left and right have been as bad as each other. The left has allowed its distrust of markets and endless faith in government to obscure the importance of civil society. The right has been so focused on replacing the state with markets that it has forgotten how to cultivate a trusting society Mark Latham
I'm a hater. Part of the tribalness of politics is to really dislike the other side with intensity. And the more I see of them the more I hate them. I hate their negativity. I hate their narrowness Mark Latham
Republicans hate government ... So they let us Democrats run it for them. David Helbach
Any man who has the brains to think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the country is considered a radical by those who are content with stagnation and willing to endure disaster. William Randolph Hearst
A man who is determined never to move out of the beaten road cannot lose his way. William Hazlitt
... the conservative does not object to coercion or arbitrary power so long as it is used for what he regards the right purpose .... Like the socialist, he regards himself as entitled to force the value he holds on other people. Friedrich A. Hayek
I am always astonished that conservatives want to save money by paying workers less—driving down the wages of working people. Edward Rendell
The liberals of both the Democratic and Republican Parties are the instruments of Satan to destroy the former great principles of these two political parties. Billy James Hargis
You could as soon scrub the blackamoor white, as to change the principles of a professed Democrat George Washington
A liberal is a person who kept an open mind … a person who did not always look backward but would look forward to new possible solutions. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Republican party is the peace party because we understand the enemy We seek peace for everyone in this land and this world The Republican party, this party of peace through strength, has no clearer message. Peace has no greater hope Barry Goldwater
The Republican party should have learned its lesson -- that it must be a conservative party. Barry Goldwater
Fiscal conservatism means balancing budgets — not running deficits that the next generation can't afford. It means improving the efficiency of delivering services by finding innovative ways to do more with less. It means cutting taxes when possible and prudent to do so, raising them overall only when necessary to balance the budget, and only in combination with spending cuts. It means when you run a surplus, you save it; you don't squander it. And most importantly, being a fiscal conservative means preparing for the inevitable economic downturns — and by all indications, we've got one coming. Michael Bloomberg
Being a fiscal conservative is not about slashing programs that help the poor, or improve health care, or ensure a social safety net. It's about insisting services are provided efficiently, get to only the people that need them, and achieve the desired results. Fiscal conservatives have hearts too — but we also insist on using our brains, and that means demanding results and holding government accountable for producing them Michael Bloomberg
The Republicans got everything but the Democratic donkey. Emanuel Cleaver II
Politicians quickly learn to pacify the liberals by passing laws and regulations which, to pacify the conservatives, would not be enforced. Wendell Berry
A Supreme Court justice is sometimes a liberal on one issue and a conservative on another. John Paul Stevens
We are not guaranteed happiness. We are only guaranteed the right to pursue it. Dalton Trumbo
Being Conservative is only another way of being British. Quinton Hogg; Baron Hailsham
There's no such thing as a moderate. A moderate is just a liberal disguise, and they are doing everything they can to derail the conservative agenda Rush Limbaugh
There has always been in history some people who think in the Stone Age. Arnold Schwarzenegger
These are not Democratic issues or Republican issues. Liberal or Conservative issues. They are people’s issues. Arnold Schwarzenegger
I was a Republican until they lost their minds. Charles Barkley
Democrats generally do not miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Margaret Carlson
Old-fashioned values may count when conservatives appear on the stump, but once conservatives are in office the only old-fashioned situation they care to revive is an economic regimen of low wages and lax regulations…. The leaders of the backlash may talk Christ, but they walk corporate. Values may "matter most" to voters, but they always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won Thomas Frank
Apparently, there is no bad economic turn a conservative cannot do unto his buddy in the working class, as long as cultural solidarity has been cemented over a beer. Thomas Frank
All Fundamentalists are conservatives, but not all conservatives are Fundamentalists. The best conservatives can often give lessons to the liberals in true liberality of spirit, but the Fundamentalist program is essentially illiberal and intolerant. Harry Emerson Fosdick
Nobody can ask us to abjure our fascist roots. Gianfranco Fini
In Washington they have their hawks and doves and in Ottawa we have our parrots. Thomas Clement Douglas
This is garbage from right-wing think-tanks stuffed with chicken hawks -- men who have never seen the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war. Tam Dalyell
In the last years, the anti-government paradigm has led us into one blind alley after another. Bill Clinton
I believe in liberality. I’m a through New Yorker and have no narrow prejudices. Big Tim Sullivan; Timothy Daniel
It is an interesting situation here because the conservative and progressive party are both conservative! They would ordinarily represent the people who would want to return, perhaps not to the militarism of prewar days but to many of the economic and social customs of pre-war days but, under the influence of our early occupation period, they passed a number of rather liberal social security laws and gave rights to trade unions, etc. At present they are trying to rescind the right to strike. I don't think anything has really crystallized in this country as yet. One sees much shifting back and forth and there are possibilities for much more. Eleanor Roosevelt
The best position the government could assume would be that of moderation between opposite extremes of Ultra-Toryism and Radicalism Robert Peel
The problem is not that Christians are conservative or liberal, but that some are so confident that their position is God's position that they become dismissive and intolerant toward others and divisive forces in our national life. John C. Danforth
Many conservative assumptions are made in reaction to liberal assumptions. William Kristol
I can't admit the Duke of Bedford ever was radical; God knows! I wish everybody now was a little so! Queen Victoria
Republicans used to talk about individual rights. Now that they are in power, they want to take away individual rights. Howard Dean
Liberalism is the philosophy for our time, because it does not try to conserve every tradition of the past, because it does not apply to new problems the old doctrinaire solutions, because it is prepared to experiment and innovate and because it knows that the past is less important than the future. Pierre Trudeau
In Socialism as in every great historic movement there are divergences of opinion and ideas. There is the sharp division between Socialists and Communists, principally on the important question of methods and tactics. Norman Thomas
All political action aims at either preservation or change. Leo Strauss
Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams…. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn't have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves. John Steinbeck
Republican Party + homosexuals = anti-life Jill Stanek
Who would have thought that the Republicans who made a living for decades deriding Old Europe would embrace their economic policies. Bill Clinton
We Democrats tend to treat our losing nominees like Superfund Sites. Robert Beckel
As an American, I condemn a Republican "Fascist" just as much as I condemn a Democrat "Communist." I condemn a Democrat "Fascist" just as much as I condemn a Republican "Communist." They are equally dangerous to you and me and to our country. As an American, I want to see our nation recapture the strength and unity it once had when we fought the enemy instead of ourselves. Margaret Chase Smith
… how do you know if you are a Republican? I’ll tell you how. If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican! If you believe our educational system should be held accountable for the progress of our children, then you are a Republican! If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world, then you are a Republican! If you believe that the American Dream can be reachable if you work hard enough to earn it, then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism, then you are a Republican! Arnold Schwarzenegger
Democrats are just very poor, in general, at explaining what it is when they accomplish something. I think that they are pretty bad at it. Republicans are very good at it…. Democrats like to pick each other apart. George Clooney
One of the big differences between liberals and conservatives is that liberals really, really want to believe that people want to listen to facts. Chris Mooney (journalist)
A Republican Party without moderates was like a heavily muscled body without a head. Kabaservice,Geoffrey
A Republican Party without moderates was like a heavily muscled body without a head. Geoffrey Kabaservice
'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our political lexicon. Gore Vidal
Don’t fear this campaign, my fellow Republicans, join it. John McCain
Conservatives look to deeds. They're not bought off by rhetoric. David Gergen
We are all socialists now. William George Vernon Harcourt
Conservatives are fond of telling us what a wonderful, happy, prosperous nation this is. The only thing that matches their love of country is the remarkable indifference they show toward the people who live in it. Michael Parenti
It is ironic that people of modest means sometimes become conservative out of a scarcity fear bred by the very capitalist system they support. Michael Parenti
The Republican world view is, if you are down on your luck, you are out of luck. Al Sharpton
We look at education as an investment. They [the conservative Republicans] see it as an expense. Arne Duncan
Only 7 percent of the of Republican professors believed that there was serious discrimination on campus against people with right-wing views. John Marion Tierney
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. Mark Twain
'Liberal' comes from the Latin liberalis, which means pertaining to a free man. In politics, to be liberal is to want to extend democracy through change and reform. One can see why the word had to be erased from our political lexicon. Gore Vidal
… socialism is not a system for redistributing wealth but a system to control people and competitors Gary Allen
Support the most conservative candidate who is electable William F. Buckley Jr.
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest. Learned Hand
To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size. The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern. I do not suppose that Henry Ford would find much difficulty in running Andorra or Luxembourg on a socialistic basis. He has already more men on his pay-roll than their population. It is conceivable that a syndicate of Fords, if we could find them, would make Belgium Ltd. or Denmark Inc. pay their way. But while nationalization of certain industries is an obvious possibility in the largest of states, I find it no easier to picture a completely socialized British Empire or United States than an elephant turning somersaults or a hippopotamus jumping a hedge. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Everybody wants the government to be smaller and everyone wants the government to leave them alone. Grover Norquist
America is a conservative country with a small “c” - they want change, but they don’t want too much change too fast. Howard Dean
You have to approach life every morning either as a victim or as an opportunity. That is a big psychological difference between liberalism and conservatism Newt Gingrich
By tradition the Conservatives are, as the name shows, the party of laissez-faire, the opponents of change, the 'go-slows.' The Liberals are the party of change, the 'go-quicks.' Ramsay Traquair
Whom do I hate most, among all the rabble of to-day?' The Socialist who undermines the workingman's instincts, who destroys his satisfaction with his insignificant existence, who makes him envious and teaches him revenge.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them. Leo Rosten
Conservatives believe that some problems have no solution, that they can only be mitigated at best. Liberals believe that most every problem has a government solution. Mike Rosen
What was good enough for my father is good enough for me" is a treasured English axiom which, if strictly carried out, would have kept us to wooden ploughs and water clocks. In these days we need to be inoculated with some of the nervous energy of the Americans. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted — in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest — at the command — of his head. Franklin D. Roosevelt
... As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Anonymous
The conservatives see man as a body freely roaming the earth, building sand piles or factories—with an electronic computer inside his skull, controlled from Washington. The liberals see man as a soul freewheeling to the farthest reaches of the universe—but wearing chains from nose to toes when he crosses the street to buy a loaf of bread. Ayn Rand
The problem is not that Christians are conservative or liberal, but that some are so confident that their position is God's position that they become dismissive and intolerant toward others and divisive forces in our national life. John C. Danforth
A liberal is a man who leaves the room when a fight begins. Heywood Broun
The Past is utterly indifferent to its worshippers. William Winter
The program of liberalism, therefore, if condensed into a single word, would have to read: property, that is, private ownership of the means of production... All the other demands of liberalism result from his fundamental demand. Ludwig von Mises
Every conservative policy, however, is fated from the start to fail; after all, its essence is to stop something unstoppable, to resist a development that cannot be impeded. Ludwig von Mises
Nothing is more difficult, in general, than to make a nation perceive anything as true, or seek its own interest, in any manner but as its forefathers have opined and acted. Henry Hallam
I was born in Cuba and I have a fear of anything that goes far left. I have seen the results of that. Carlos M. Gutierrez
A man cannot be in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth at one and the same moment. Thomas Carlyle
We’re the Republican Party in charge of every part of the this government. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. Lindsey Graham
Today, the culture wars and the constant skirmishes over the size and scope of the welfare state have convinced conservatives that the country’s direst enemies are not “subversive” foreigners, but homegrown liberals. Molly Worthen
Brown Scares no less than Red Scares recur throughout American history. They fasten on real-enough phenomena, from homegrown fascist sympathizers in the 1930s to the militia movements in the 1990s, but then wildly exaggerate both the danger these extremists pose and their ties to the conservative mainstream. Philip Jenkins
if we stop talking at one another, and start talking with one another, we can get a lot done. Barack Obama
… triangulation is the idea that you demonstrate to some set of swing voters that you are politically palatable by poking the extremes of both parties in the eye. Daniel Pfeiffer
Barack Obama would have been seen as a liberal Republican—a kind of Rockefeller Republican in the 1960s. He is at most a centrist. To think of him as somebody in the left is often almost laughable. Robert Reich
Europe’s conservative parties, like Republicans in the United States, have for the most part, turned into shrill apostles of austerity at almost any social cost. David C. Unger
If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic. Anonymous
If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic. John Kerry
Liberal leadership exhausts its power to persuade the discontented and the have-nots to accept ballot-box disappointments or compromises if their victories are to be nullified and if elections are effective in shaping policy only when conservatives win. Robert Houghwout Jackson
I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare. Susan Rice
Massachusetts we look at as the home of liberal democracy. In the 16th century, it was the home of repressive theology. Margaret Atwood
While some members of the American left have an ideological affinity with Communism, there is no evidence that shows that they act under anyone’s direction other than their own. Richard Helms
What is the difference between democracy and democratic socialism? The same as between a chair and an electric chair. Anonymous
Our politics has more than one kind of incumbent. There are the officeholders, and there are the people and corporations that have already made it in America, that want to protect and enlarge the advantages that they get from them. James Bennet
The battle is over the most basic ideas of our democracy; at stake,--according to both sides—is either the revitalization of politics, or its final capture by the powerful. James Bennet
The cry of “loss of confidence” is largely a smokescreen let loose by certain conservatives who are traditionally opposed to almost any Government expenditure, who object to an increase in taxes, and are too shortsighted to know that the present level of unemployment constitutes the most dangerous threat to their own interests … Harry Dexter White
The objective of the liberals is to destroy this country. Herman Cain
I have become more radical because I have seen more of the world. Bill Moyers
Heaven’s Yes. I was hopelessly naïve regarding Joseph Stalin. I thought he just drove too hard. Pete Seeger
We didn’t sell out our last concert. We’ve got to get the John Birch Society to attack us before the next concert. Pete Seeger
As a rule, large capitalists are Republicans and small capitalists are Democrats, but workingmen must remember that they are all capitalists, and that the many small ones, like the fewer large ones, are all politically supporting their class interests. Eugene V. Debs
John Howard regards labour as just like any other economic commodity. We actually see labour as made up of human beings. These are human beings with an intrinsic dignity. When they go to the workplace, they're not just like a lump of wood or a piece of coal, these are human beings, and they should be treated properly as people with intrinsic rights. Kevin Rudd
Liberals can understand everything, but people who don’t understand them. Lenny Bruce
The Free Market didn’t, Create the Middle Class Liberals Did Anonymous
What makes Progressives is their confidence in Progress. Thai Jones
A conservative is someone who does not think he is morally superior to his grandfather. John Howard
A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic. Gough Whitlam
We will not adopt the fantastic hypocrisy of modern conservatism which preaches the values of families and communities, while conducting a direct assault on them through reduced wages and conditions and job security. Paul Keating
A few gentlemen in Congress have suggested that there is something not quite moral about dancing…. Dancing is an art and people who practice that art work hard and faithfully to perfect themselves. I think they should command our respect, just as all other good workers do. Eleanor Roosevelt
… they are terrified lest the Constitution be interpreted as it was meant to be interpreted in each age according to that period's own ideas instead of those of the past generation. It seems to me it would be more intelligent to be afraid lest we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. Eleanor Roosevelt
I'm fed-up with homophobic politicians being called conservative, they are religious radicals hell-bent on imposing their morbid view on everybody. They do not acknowledge that there are non-Christians and atheists in this country who are entitled to Constitutional rights. Lew Whittington
I would rather have 1000 school board members than one president and no school board members. Ralph E. Reed Jr.
All of us who have worked on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks problem know that the deal we are making is in our best interest but for very practical reasons that the right-wing will never understand. Richard Nixon
Hawks usually care about benefits; doves most about costs. Neither benefits or costs however are easily estimated in advance. Richard K. Betts
Liberals stand for tolerance, magnanimity, community spirit, the defense of the weak against the powerful, love of learning, freedom of belief, art and poetry, city life, the very things that make life worth dying for. Conservatives stand for tax cuts … and use of the tax refund to buy a gun and an attack dog to take with you when you drive your all-terrain vehicle through the barriers of Republicanville. Garrison Keillor
A lot of the differences between left and right now are differences about the liberal welfare state, about a set of institutions established in America in the middle of the 20th century … that exist in pursuit of an egalitarian ideal. Yuval Levin
Tory society is a closed society, in which birth and wealth have priority. Harold Wilson
Whereas the Conservatives aimed at dealing with this problem by protection and the Liberal solution proceeded on the lines of seeking to free industry, as far as possible. William George Stewart Adams
Liberalism is essentially the belief that there can be a reconciliation of all difficulties and differences, and since there can't, it is a misleading way to approach politics. Maurice John Cowling
Politically I am neither left nor right! And this kind of political-ethical standpoint--being in the middle--usually brings about seclusion and isolation! Javad Alizadeh
The paradox of communism in power was that it was conservative. Eric Hobsbawm
Conservatives want to keep things as they are, while revolutionists turn things upside down. Henry Williams Brands
The landed proprietors as a class are little qualified to pass judgment as to the real and the fictitious in certain social phenomena; on the other hand, they are naturally inclined to follow any conservative tendency, afraid as they are of a return of serious disorders .... The great industrialists were not thinking of combatting Bolshevism, which they knew very well did not threaten them any longer; they were up in arms against the socialist, or socializing, spirit of reform which had been gradually developing in the first twenty years of this century Carlo Sforza
The fusion of elements united solely by a faith in violence--the lack of a precise political and moral program--the fact that most of the enthusiastic rank and file of Fascism boasted of impersonating "dynamic action" and not doctrinally defined principles--all combined to create a situation in which the Fascist movement evolved quickly, and without the knowledge of the majority of its followers, into an instrument of reaction. Carlo Sforza
In the early days of Meiji radical ideas of the West (such as those of the Rousseau school) aroused enthusiasm in the minds of the young liberal leaders of the nation and they went pretty far in their political agitation. The sponsors of these radical ideas were gradually forced to leave the seat of power and went into the ranks of the opposition. But during the forty long years of agitation the liberals were not half as successful in registering popular support as were the conservatives who stood for vigorous foreign policies. Yusuke Tsurumi
This difference between the two parties covers a wide range, and is indicative of the conservative thought of the one and the progressive thought of the other. Edward Mandell House
When Republicans went to college and studied business, they took a course in marketing and found out how people really think. Progressives need to take a lesson from that. George Lakoff
After the Goldwater defeat in 1964. everyone thought that the conservative movement was absolutely dead—except for the people that were supposed to be dead. Hodding Carter
English labor and Continental socialism do not speak at all the same language. Such differences in terminology are the external expression of differences that strike deeper and are due to the various social environments in which contemporary socialism has been formed and developed. Emile Vandervelde
Certain sections of the upper classes abroad, identifying conservatism with mere material repression, are given to praising Signor Mussolini Carlo Sforza
The nationalist right and the nebulously but fervently revolutionary left found each other once more in Fascism with its double face of conservatism and subversion. Carlo Sforza
The will to liberty was flagging when the well-disposed part of the nation was being frustrated by the base slaves of Orange, Aristocrats, despots, political chameleons, fanatical zealots, clerical oppressors, mercenary egotists, reactionary agitators, profiteering merchants, slimy lickspittles… Johan Valckenaer
I have always found that men are happiest where governments interfere least with their actions; effectively, I believe that government should occupy itself only with what the general interest requires and what is necessary for the repression of crime and the safety of morals. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
When a government finds itself in the calamitous circumstances where it … must tax its people heavily, it behooves it, so far as possible, to see that all those who are liable pay according to their means, and that a proper assessment is made of them. In this way, the middle class is not taxed in order to spare the rich, nor the poor so much more burdened that they no longer have any possibility of improving their condition. Labor is encouraged and industry not deterred. Trade remains free and restricted as little as possible, and so far as possible taxes are levied on objects which go beyond necessity, coming under the category of luxuries, and are therefore conditioned on the choice of the people . Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
Everything German that stands for disorder and destruction is gathered together in the Bavarian capital. All that is reactionary is concentrated there. Sigmund Munz
You have the socialist parties ruling Denmark putting in conservative policies because the conservatives control the media and the public discourse. George Lakoff
Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is the exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak Pierre Joseph Proudhon
It would be a dreadful calamity to see the nation divided into two parties, one containing the bulk of the property owners and conservative people, the other the bulk of the wageworkers and the less prosperous people generally; each party insisting on demanding much that is wrong, and each party sullen and angered by real and fancied grievances.. Theodore Roosevelt
He has upset the public confidence, arrayed class against class, and fomented mistrust and hatred.. Paul Dana
The reigning conservatives in the House and Senate felt a relief that they did not try to conceal at the fact that I was not to remain as President. Theodore Roosevelt
I certainly am socialistic, but I am not a socialist Lincoln Steffens
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you are a millionaire conservative radio jock, which makes it an illness and needs our prayers for your recovery. James Richard Howington
You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.. James Richard Howington
You have to believe that trade with Cuba is wrong because it is communist, but trading with China and Vietnam is just dandy. James Richard Howington
The Latest Tea Party Piñata Joe Nocera
Liberal Republicanism has kept this party abreast of human need in a changing world. Nelson A. Rockefeller
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith
The extremes of society are being driven further and further apart. William Jennings Bryan
When a Republican tells me that God’s hand is in his, demand to see his credentials. William Jennings Bryan
When a Republican tells me that God’s hand is in his, I demand his credentials. William Jennings Bryan
I suppose I am a conservative where business is concerned, and a liberal with regard to people. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Conservatism has always been an expression of American business Thomas Frank
Washington is a perfect realization of the upper-bracket dream of a white-collar universe, where economies run on the information juggling of the ‘creative class’ and where manufacturing is something done by filthy brutes in far-off lands. Thomas Frank
We will have a government where liberals will stay in power until they get radical and conservatives will have the power until they get reactionary. Louis McHenry Howe
God thawed the Arctic so we can drill there. Brian McFadden
In recent years, those who claim to have inside knowledge of what the Creator wants us to think and do have been more common on the right than on the right.. Michael Kazin
How did the progressive Republican Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower become the reactionary party of Ronald Reagan, the tea party and Paul Ryan? There is nothing random about these ideological shifts. They reflect the party’s — and the nation’s — central unresolved problem: the tension between equality of opportunity and protection of private property. Heather Cox Richardson
The history of the Republican Party shows why, since the Civil War, the nation has been caught in cycles of progressivism and reaction. Heather Cox Richardson
Conservatives tend to prefer stability even if it leads to inequality, and liberals tend to prefer equality even if it requires change. John R. Hibbing
Liberals ... enjoy the company of other liberals, just as conservatives enjoy the company of other conservatives. John R. Hibbing
Liberalism cannot hold within it Islamism. Liberal secularists and Islamists hold irreconcilable worldviews. Shadi Hamid
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone, you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone, you leave it to a torrent of change. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Republicans, specifically those of the House of Representatives, are responsible for undermining the confidence of the public that Government can help people. Leon Panetta
We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own”. Bill Clinton
Thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.. Herman Melville
For the left, an obsession with the state. For the right, a worship of the market. But as liberals, we place our faith in people. People with power and opportunity in their hands. Our opponents try to divide us with their outdated labels of left and right. But we are not on the left and we are not on the right. We have our own label: Liberal. We are liberals and we own the freehold to the centre ground of British politics. Our politics is the politics of the radical centre. We are governing from the middle, for the middle. Nicholas Clegg
Some of you may remember people like Dwight D. Eisenhower. And in my. State we had a whole list of moderate Republicans who actually were concerned about the environment, education, women’s rights. They didn’t have our politics, but they had a deep concern about the welfare of ordinary people. Bernie Sanders
We've become so polarized we've become paralyzed. Mike Huckabee
I’m extremely conservative but I’m not mad at anybody about it. Mike Huckabee
Even if we achieve gigantic successes in our work, there is no reason whatsoever to feel conceited and arrogant. Modesty helps one to go forward, whereas conceit makes one lag behind. Mao Zedong
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Mao Zedong
Liberalism: To let things slide for the sake of peace and friendship when a person has clearly gone wrong, and refrain from principled argument because he is an old acquaintance, a fellow townsman, a schoolmate, a close friend, a loved one, an old colleague or old subordinate. Or to touch on the matter lightly instead of going into it thoroughly, so as to keep on good terms. The result is that both the organization and the individual are harmed. Mao Zedong
Liberalism is: To let things drift if they do not affect one personally; to say as little as possible while knowing perfectly well what is wrong, to be worldly wise and play safe and seek only to avoid blame Mao Zedong
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Mao Zedong
The Republicans in America are better for us. They are more consistent and predictable than the Democrats Mao Zedong
Liberalism is extremely harmful in a revolutionary collective. It is a corrosive which eats away unity, undermines cohesion, causes apathy and creates dissension. It robs the revolutionary ranks of compact organization and strict discipline, prevents policies from being carried through and alienates the Party organizations from the masses which the Party leads. It is an extremely bad tendency. Mao Zedong
The Republicans do not believe that health care is a right. They believe that health care is a privilege, no a right. We Democrats believe taht health care is a right. Joe Biden
May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable. May you live to a hundred and twenty without Social Security or Medicare. May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition. Yiddish Proverbs & Curses
We’ve got the liberal bastards on the run, and we’re going to keep them on the run. Richard Nixon
The scalawag of today is the southern liberal who is painted by conservative ideologues as a traitor to the South for daring to say that poor whites and poor blacks possess similar economic interests. Nancy Isenberg
English intelligentsia…can swallow totalitarianism because they have no experience of anything except liberalism…So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot. George Orwell