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Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party. Walter Lippmann
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. Dwight Morrow
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong. William Lamb Melbourne
Have you ever tried to split sawdust? Eugene McCarthy
Damn your principles! Stick to your party. Benjamin Disraeli
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. Alexander Hamilton
We decline the claim to power by parties which want to own their followers body and soul, and which want to put themselves over and above the whole nation. Franz von Papen
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. John Arbuthnot
Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party. James F. Cooper
Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. Herbert Hoover
In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day. Jean Rostand
What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country. Ambrose Bierce
The party in power, like Jonah's gourd, grew up quickly, and will quickly fall. David Crockett
My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. Boris Johnson
Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation. George W. Romney
It is impossible that the whisper of a faction should prevail against the voice of a nation. Lord John Russell
Party honesty is party expediency. Grover Cleveland
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. Bill Clinton
The Select Committee was designed to go after Hillary Clinton. Richard L. Hanna
Sometimes, the biggest sin you can commit in [Washington] DC is to tell the truth. This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton. Richard L. Hanna
The greatest danger for our people [Nazi Party members] is not to be found in Marxism but rather in our middle class parties. Adolf Hitler
Our battle is against the bourgeoisie as the enemy of German Socialism and the saboteur of national freedom. Gregor Strasser
The Republicans face a demographic death spiral. Lindsey Graham
The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. Kevin Phillips
I tried to make the point to the [Nixon] White House that, as a party, we needed to demonstrate that we cared and were concerned about votes from African-Americans and Hispanics. I don't know where we lost track after Abraham Lincoln. Bob Dole
I've always thought that the Republican Party should be for things and not so much against things. John Kasich
Corruption is the principle source of financing political parties.. Ivan Valesquez Gomez
I saw the need for an organization of disinterested patriots, composed of all classes and all Christian creeds, who would be ready to serve their country in any emergency. Rotha Lintorn-Orman; Rotha Beryl Lintorn Orman
We were the first constitutionally elected Fascists in England. Arnold Leese; Arnold Spencer-Leese
One of the reasons for the survival of the ANC (African National Congress) over such a long period, is their ability to steal other people's programs, and to adapt to situations. As extraordinary adaptation to a policy which previously they opposed, and then they realize its merits, and then adjust and it comes out as a different policy. That has been the characteristic of the ANC, for which they've been criticized historically, as being inconsistent. But it's that which enabled them to survive to a ripe old age, and they are still doing it. Joe Matthews
The politics of exclusion is the politics of defeat. Haley Barbour
The young man who is moved in any way to contemplate an entry into public life … learns first of all to understand that there are two great political organizations, with one of which he must associate himself, learning and echoing its catch-words, accepting its leadership, and steeping himself in the belief that in it are wisdom and truth while the other party is void of both Leonard Henry Courtney
A centre party would have no roots, no principles, no philosophy and no values. Shirley Williams
Adams Men National Republican Party Anonymous
The young man who is moved in any way to contemplate an entry into public life, whose creed is not in absolute inheritance from his fathers, learns first of all to understand that there are two great political organizations, with one of which he must associate himself, learning and echoing its catch-words, accepting its leadership, and steeping himself in the belief that in it are wisdom and truth while the other party is void of both. It is not everyone whose ductile mind takes him through this training, and a goodly number of up-growing men of not the worst promise for the future have to step aside. Leonard Henry Courtney
In order to justify the sympathy and trust extended to me by people of all classes, even to the furthest corners of the world of Islam, I intend to form a People’s Party…after the establishment of peace, in order to devote my life to the good of my country as a humble individual. Kemal Ataturk
Incivility is not the disease. It is the symptom. Partisanship is the disease…. When your highest duty is to your party, the public interest becomes subservient. Joseph I. Lieberman
The people will turn to us [the Republicans] and the country will be saved. Walter H. Judd
Mr. Lincoln is already beaten.…And we must have another ticket to save us.…If we had such a ticket as could be made by naming Grant, Butler, or Sherman for President…we could make a fight yet. Horace Greeley
There must not be a party monopoly on power. Boris Yeltsin
In our anxiety to get votes, we sometimes put in our platform things that are not orthodox. Joseph Cannon
We should not care much whether those united were designated Whig, Free Soil Democrats or something else; though we think some simple name like Republican would more fitly designate those who had united to restore our Union to its true mission of champion and promulgator of Liberty rather than propagandist of slavery. Horace Greeley
The leader of a political party in a country like ours is so exposed that his enemies become as numerous and formidable as his friends. William H. Seward
People’s Party. Pennsylvania Republican Party
The difference between the Republican and the Democratic parties on the leading issue of this contest is, that the former consider slavery a moral, social and political wrong, while the latter do not consider it either a moral, social or political wrong; and the action of each…is squared to meet these views. Abraham Lincoln
I am a public servant … not a political servant, not a party servant. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Political parties and other organizations whose programs are based upon totalitarian methods and the modes of activity of Nazism, fascism and communism, as well as those whose programs or activities sanction racial or national hatred, the application of violence for the purpose of obtaining power or to influence the State policy, or provide for the secrecy of their own structure or membership, shall be forbidden. Poland
A thinking man can never be a party man. Friedrich Nietzsche
Now in the whole of Europe there are only two parties: France for the freedom of peoples against all the rulers, and all the monarchs against France for despotism and old traditions. Hugo Kollataj
The Democratic Party eats its young before the election, and then they weep and wail when they lose. Anna Quindlen
A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party James Madison
If a political party becomes a sectarian party, that is a problem…. Dividing the country along religious lines is just not worth any possible benefit. John C. Danforth
There is ample evidence that participation in an electoral process forces any party, regardless of ideology, to moderate its position if it wants to attract voters in large numbers. Marina Ottaway
The Republican Party has become the party of one branch of one religion. John C. Danforth
The aim of Arab unity is the strongest and deepest motivation for the Socialist Arab Bath Party as a popular revolutionary and progressive movement. Michel Aflaq
Political parties, wherever they have developed, are … the outgrowths of family and of the family-based relationship between the strongman and his clients. Raphael Patai
To be a party you have to have a national message. Bill Clinton
He warns the heads of parties against believing their own lies John Arbuthnot
We see political leaders replacing moral imperatives with a Southern strategy. John Lindsay
I am voting for this war so as not to be disloyal to President Bush. George Allen
I would expect the support of the party no matter what happens... even if I were to kill my grandmother with an axe. Stockwell Day
Direct primaries would destroy the party machinery ... and would build up a lot of personal machines, and would make every man a self-seeker, and would degrade politics by turning candidacies into bitter personal wrangles John Coit Spooner
The more entrenched a party in power becomes, the less likely it is to allow the kind of diversity in views that helped it achieve power in the first place. Juliet Eilperin
Party membership is a thing for which no citizen is obligated to give an accounting. Albert Einstein
The political struggle … is manifested in the struggle against the disbelieving imperialists, to deliver the Ummah from their domination and to liberate her from their influence by uprooting their intellectual, cultural, political, economic and military roots from all of the Muslim countries. The political struggle also appears in challenging the rulers, revealing their treasons and conspiracies against the Ummah, and by taking them to task and changing them if they denied the rights of the Ummah, or refrained from performing their duties towards her, or ignored any matter of her affairs, or violated the laws of Islam. Hizb ut-Tahrir
So it went until the spring of 1927, when Charles Ruthenberg died and the struggle for factional parity at his casket – conducted, it must be said, somewhat more fairly than the struggle for parity at the fourth convention – climaxed the ceremonies to honor the first leader of American Communism. Irving Howe
The cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous citizens, and possess most of the amor patriae. Merchants are the least virtuous, and possess the least of the amor patriae. Thomas Jefferson
The duty of an Opposition is to oppose. Randolph Churchill
Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them.... In every country these two parties exist.... Call them, therefore, liberals and serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, republicans and federalists, aristocrats and democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same party still and pursue the same object. Thomas Jefferson
In every free and deliberating society, there must, from the nature of man, be opposite parties, and violent dissentions and discords; and one of these, for the most part, must prevail over the other for a longer or shorter time. Thomas Jefferson
No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical and social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party…So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. Aneurin Bevan
Nobody who ever runs for President should be the leader of a party. Mark Shields
Hell to those who don’t vote Shas! Shimon Baadani
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson
Minority parties don’t have to be responsible and have policies. Their job is to throw rocks. If they put forth policies they lose whatever advantage that they can have as then they too will be attacked. Charles Cook
We demand: … an end to the power of the financial interests. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad extension of care for the aged. We demand … the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of national, state, and municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education … We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents … The government must undertake the improvement of public health – by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor …. a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of the common good before the individual good. Nazi Party
Our little systems have their day; They have their day and cease to be. Alfred Tennyson
Bipartisanship is “the oil of national government.” Dean Acheson
We are recruiting for a ‘British Fascistic’ to act as an organized force to combat Red Revolution. Rotha Beryl Lintorn-Orman
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule-- and both commonly succeed, and are right. H. L. Mencken
I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. "What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. Daniel Webster
The term Party is applied equally to the peaceful parties of America and to the Communist Party of Russia, the Nazi Party of Germany, and the Fascist Party of Italy. The methodology of these parties varies, but their fundamental objective-to place and keep their leaders in control of the government - is the same. V. O. Key Jr.
The parliamentary regime is a regime of parties Leon Blum
Political machines seek to perpetuate themselves by all sorts of tricks. They sidetrack, channelize and emasculate the popular will Sam Dolgoff; Sam Weiner; Sholem Dolgopolsky
Ludendorff and Hitler have everything ready for a march into Saxony and Thuringia. The North German Fascist organizations . . . have made all their preparations for the military overthrow of Berlin and Hamburg . . . The officers of the German army are equipping the Fascists. German Communist Party
‘They [the Fascists] have issued the call: "Conduct the civil war in the most brutal and forceful manner". All workers who offer resistance to the Fascists would be shot by them if caught. To defeat strikes they intend to shoot every tenth man among the strikers. The Fascist uprising can only be defeated if we oppose white terror with red terror. If the Fascists, who are armed to the teeth, kill proletarian fighters, then the latter must destroy all Fascists without mercy. If the Fascists put every tenth striker against the wall, then the workers must put every fifth member of a Fascist organization against the wall. The KPD must lead the entire proletariat into battle under its banner. The Party must also state clearly that, if required, it will issue the call to battle alone and alone take over the leadership of the fight . German Communist Party
Many workers already realize that the rule of the Socialist or Communist party will be only the concealed form of the rule of the bourgeois class in which the exploitation and suppression of the working class remains. Anton Pannekoek
There aren’t any independents anymore. Dick Tuck
In the face of a world that is far from being tranquil and the formidable tasks before us, all Party members must be mindful of the potential danger and stay prepared against adversities in times of peace. We must be keenly aware of the rigorous challenges brought about by ever-sharpening international competition. Jiang Zemim
Goodness knows, we have horrible problems to face in this Congress. I hope we can face them as colleagues in working unitedly for the people of this country and certainly not indulging in animosity or referring to each other as ''enemies.'' Harold S. Sawyer
It’s an easy house to play. You’ve got them all there, and they’re all on your side. Tommy Lee Jones
Republicans are the party of the rich. The Democrats are the party of the people. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It’s hard for the opposition party to break in when things are going well economically. Andrew Marr
Politics is not like a teeter totter. Just because one party goes down, it does not mean that they other party goes up. Charles Cook
A political machine is a united minority working against a divided majority. Anonymous
… a program of fascization Anonymous
If you leave four Europeans in a room for four hours, you will have five political parties. Anonymous
We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench.... The newspapers are largely subsidized [by political interests] or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished and the land concentrating in the hands of the capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize..., imported pauperized labor beats down their wages.... The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few...; and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. Anonymous
Humpty Dumpty [Teddy Roosevelt] sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a bad fall. All the ex-bosses And Bully Moose men, Can never put Humpty up [for election] again. Anonymous
In politics there are very few self-made men—most are machine-made. Anonymous
Know-Nothings Anonymous
The Country Above Party! Anonymous
The Democracy Anonymous
The difference between eastern Europe and the United States is that the United States still has a Communist party. Anonymous
The Tuskegee Machine Anonymous
Women are not born Republicans or Democrats or yesterday Anonymous
You can't run this damned county any other way ... than to say politics stops at the seaboard. Dean Acheson
The system of building up, by corruption, political machines dominated by a boss whom the corporations believe essential to them for corrupt purposes of their own, is too deeply entrenched even yet in our national life. James Truslow Adams
This day I learned that the caucus club meets at certain times in the garret of Tom Dawes, the adjutant of the Boston regiment.... There they smoke tobacco till you cannot see from one end of the room to another. There they drink flip, I suppose, and there they choose a moderator who puts questions to the vote regularly; and selectmen, assessors, collectors, firewards, and representatives are regularly chosen before they are chosen in the town [of Boston]. John Adams
There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the Republic into two great political parties, each arranged under its leader and converting measures in opposition to each other. John Adams
A furious party spirit, when it rages in its full violence, exerts itself in civil war and bloodshed; and when it is under its greatest restraints naturally breaks out in falsehood, detraction, calumny, and a partial administration of justice. In a word, it fills a nation with spleen and rancor, and extinguishes all the seeds of good nature, compassion, and humanity. Joseph Addison
My friends Sir Roger de Coverly and Sir Andrew Freeport are of different principles, the first of them inclined to the landed and the other to the moneyed interest. Joseph Addison
There cannot be a greater Judgment befall a Country than such a dreadful Spirit of Division as rends a Government into two distinct People, and makes them greater Strangers and more adverse to one another, than if they were actually two different Nations. Joseph Addison
Before the old wound can be healed, there is fresh blood flowing. Aeschylus
History by no means guarantees in advance that the broad strata of the Negro population, holding varied and confused views, many dominated by ideas alien to the class-conscious proletariat will fall into the organization of the Communist movement. James Stewart
It is true that I am still permitted to cast my vote, but I do so with the foreknowledge that it will not count .... My membership is at once a fraud and a farce. Sydney Anderson
I'm for making the Republican Party conservative or making it die. Tom Anderson
When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it. Susan B. Anthony
Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes: they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle
Never you mind about the country, or about the state, or the city, or about the ward. You take care of your precinct. Jacob L. Arvey
We are not rootless vagabonds. We are on our way to power. Paddy Ashdown
David Duke is not a Republican. He is a pretender, a charlatan and a political opportunist who is looking for any organization he can find to try to legitimize his views of racial and religious bigotry and intolerance. Lee Atwater
Secure for young people the right to education and to full-time work. Australian Communist Party
I recognize what [political] conventions are all about—a cross between a clambake and a pep rally. Bruce Babbitt
When great questions end, little parties begin. Walter Bagehot
No party is, on the whole, better than another. Stanley Baldwin
Adversity in politics does not encourage cohesiveness, it seems. Deprived of the fruits of power, a national political party seems to break down into regional or other factions. Unity can only be regained by victory—yet victory is forestalled by disunity. Bernard Baruch
You can't build a lasting political movement based on hostility to government. Gary Bauer
The Party member who, after the nature and form of a contemplated action is once decided upon, continues his opposition to such action by agitation or counter-action, becomes and agent of the enemy in the ranks of the Party. Max Bedacht
Not parties, but principles. Henry Ward Beecher
You cannot influence a political party to do right if you stick to it when it does wrong. John Bengough
As the loyal opposition we can be loyal and still generate a lot of opposition. William Bennett
There are but two parties. There never have been but two parties ... founded in the radical question, whether people or property shall govern? Thomas Hart Benton
No you wouldn’t. Not if I were there … It is my party as much as yours, and I answer that we should offer to pay. Victor L. Berger
It is dangerous to permit conscienceless party politics to proceed to a point which does not hesitate to drag foreign politics and relations to a point with a great neighboring country into the vortex of partisan strife. Berliner Neueste Nachtrichten
This party [the Progressive Party] comes from the grass roots. It has grown from the soil of the people's hard necessities. Albert J. Beveridge
Here lies the body of the Republican party — Corrupt, and generally speaking, hearty. Ambrose Bierce
The passion which all Democrats seem to have for writing in Republican papers, and vice versa, is something astonishing, and it is only exceeded by their unconquerable desire to censure men of their own party. Ambrose Bierce
What is a platform? An elaborate, exhaustive, minute and accurate statement of a candidate's political beliefs. Does he write it? Oh No; it is published before it is known who he will be. Ambrose Bierce
The real and immediate problem is: to win away the masses from the capitalistic parties. Failure to do this means helping Roosevelt, helping Republicans, helping reaction. Alex Bittleman
We are not trying to limit debate, but we want the platform to support the President's [George W. Bush] position on everything possible, especially a high profile issue like abortion. Charles Black
I do not want a one-term Labor Government that dazzles for a moment and ends in disillusion. I want a Labor Government that governs for a generation and changes Britain for good. Tony Blair
True bipartisanship isn’t talking about it. It’s delivering it. Tony Blair
We want no religious or anti-religious political parties. Paul Blanshard
Important issues do not always split along party lines. Christopher Bond
The disagreement among American political parties, with only a few exceptions, has been over the practical question of how to secure the agreed objective, while conciliating different interests, rather than over ultimate values or over what interest is paramount. Daniel J. Boorstin
Any man who can carry a Republican primary is a man. William E. Borah
Depressions, and especially an economic depression of such a scope as that of 1929-33, do not create readiness for every sort of fight. The masses of unemployed, who determine, more and more, in such a situation the views and actions even of those how have remained at work, are little adapted to continual, methodical fights for determined aims. They waver between short, wild, desperate outbreaks and complete apathy.... They leave in millions their old organizations ... mostly because they feel that these organizations are powerless to help them. Here, then, is the point to where left-wing extremism of the type of 1929 meets admirable the mood of the workless. If the communist agitators tell the unemployed that the trade unions have betrayed him and are no good, he is ready to believe them. If they tell the worker who is still employed that the union – by betrayal, of course – cannot protect either his wage or his job, he feels that the communists are right – and leaves the union. Thus the turn of the Comintern to the left, which had originated in internal feuds rooted in its pervious history, found and unexpected response among the workers as a result of the crisis. Franz Borkenau
The Republicans throw money at crime and military defense the way the Democrats do at poverty and welfare. Tony Bouza
Your paper is now a power in the land. Advocate calling together in every church and schoolhouse in the free states all the opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, no matter what their previous party affiliations and to band together under the name I suggested to you ... in 1852. I mean the name "Republican. Alvan E. Bovay
We went in ... Whigs, Free Soilers, and Democrats. We came out of it Republicans. Alvan E. Bovay
A party should be more than a fundraising vehicle and job placement vehicle. William W. Bradley
Be careful, you are about to swallow a deadly poison, which we know from sad experience. Better prepare an emetic, for surely you will soon be in convulsions from sever internal political disturbances. Earl Browder
… a policy of slashing the living standards at home and fighting for market share abroad for the single purpose of maintaining the profits of finance capital … Roosevelt is carrying out more thoroughly and brutally than even Hoover the capitalist attack on the living standards of the masses … Earl Browder
Did you think we are making a united front [with the Socialists] because we have suddenly been convinced that they are good class-conscious fighters, good leaders of the working class? … precisely the reason why we make the united front with them is because we have got to take their followers away from them. Earl Browder
The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform. But when the Communists abandoned reforms and championed a Soviet Union openly contemptuous of America while predicting its quick collapse, the same party lost all its hard-won influence. It became merely a bad word in the American language. Earl Browder
I want to run this party like a campaign—not a bureaucracy. Ronald H. Brown
We don't win or lose elections because of [party] rules. Ronald H. Brown
You can't rule America from the fringes. You must rule America from the middle. Tony Brown
Parties must ever exist in a free country. Edmund Burke
Party divisions, whether on the whole operating for good or evil, are things inseparable from free government. Edmund Burke
[A party is] ... a body of men united, for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest, upon some particular principle on which they are all agreed. Edmund Burke
Nowhere else in the democratic world has another parliamentary incumbency stood for so long or become so nearly beyond prospects for change. Horace Busby
I was not elected to serve one party but to serve one nation. George W. Bush
There is no party that has a lock on patriotism. George W. Bush
We [the Republican Party] are the change. George W. Bush
The Negro has not only come into the Democratic Party, but the Negro has come into control of the Democratic Party. James F. Byrnes
Being of no party, I shall offend all parties:—never mind! My words at least, are more sincere and hearty Than if I sought to sail before the wind. George Gordon Byron
Successful parties create their own monsters. Christopher Caldwell
[William Z.] Foster was a trade union organizer without a peer. In each case, however, his work was permitted and controlled by other forces which Foster had to serve.... James P. Cannon
Our party is a party of the proletarian revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat. The proletarian revolution is the only solution of the labour problem and all our work must lead to this goal. James P. Cannon
The blows from the black jacks of gangsters which have descended on the heads of Opposition Communists are blows at the very foundation of the party. This abominable gangsterism, for which the leaders of the two factions … collaborating against us, are directly responsible, is hated by every honest worker. It dis credits the party before the working class and threatens to deprive the party of its moral and political position in the struggle against these methods of the trade-union reactionaries James P. Cannon
The regime of bureaucratic strangulation, which expels its outspoken opponents and bludgeons the party into silence, has become an international phenomenon of the period …. A real struggle against it cannot be made without an understanding of its international scope. On this, as well as on the other principled questions, the fight of the proletarian Communist elements in all parties unites with the Bolshevik fight of the Russian Opposition under the leadership of Trotsky. James P. Cannon
They killed Trotsky not by one blow; not when this murderer, the agent of Stalin, drove the pickax through the back of his skull. That was only the final blow. They killed him by inches. They killed him many times. They killed him seven times when they killed his seven secretaries. They killed him four times when they killed his four children. They killed him when his old coworkers of the Russian Revolution were killed …. Stalin and his traitor gang were consumed by a mad hatred of the man who reminded them of their yesterday. Trotsky, the symbol of the great revolution, reminded them constantly of the cause they had deserted and betrayed, and they hated him for that. They hated him for all the great and good human qualities which he personified and to which they were completely alien. They were determined, at all cost, to do away with him. James P. Cannon
I’m not in the forgive and forget battalion. James Carville
In those days the Communists talked like Democrats … We got along well enough until the Nazi-Stalin Pact …. Then my leftist associates started laying off Hitler and started ranting about the “imperialist war.” Jim Carrey
We only need one, in the same way that Lenin only needed one. Fidel Castro
A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful. John Jay Chapman
We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the flag and keep step to the music of the Union. Rufus Choate
Germany is organized not only for war but for peace. We are organized for nothing except party politics. Winston Churchill
There is little real difference between the Socialist Party and the Communists August Claessens
Anyone who can bring the Conservative Party together can bring the country together. Joe Clark
This is the country that lives in us .... There it must find its nutriment or die. Grover Cleveland
[On the 1948 Dixiecrats:] … a political movement based openly and almost entirely upon racism. Clark M. Clifford
The people who vote in the primaries are at the ideological edge of their party. Adam Clymer
Luddism is no longer with us, but today we seem to be overtaken by its opposite, the inevitability of technological change coupled with the blind belief in capitalism's ability to provide us with all we need. Eddie Clynes
The American people cannot be divided into parties on a question of simple morals or of common honesty. William B. Cockran
We must raise our hands against the nominee of our party, and we must do it to preserve the future of the party itself. William B. Cockran
Complete right of self-determination must include the right to governmental separation.... The Communist Party must stand ... for the establishment of a Negro republic in the Black Belt. Communist International; Comintern
The Workers (Communist) Party of America has been for many years an organization of foreign workers not much connected with the political life of the country. Owing to this immigrant exclusiveness two leading groups arose.... For six years an almost uninterrupted struggle for supremacy in the party has been going on between them. The struggle was, in the main, not based on principles ... principles served chiefly to camouflage the struggle for supremacy. Communist International; Comintern
Workers! Leave the Socialist Party. It is your enemy and ours. Communist International; Comintern
Mass action culminates in armed insurrection and civil war. American Communist Party
Parliamentary representatives of the Communist Party shall not introduce or support reform measures. Communist Party
You must fight not only against open fascism but also against concealed fascism which parades under the mask of “socialism.” Communist Party
Half our membership spends its time keeping the other half in the party. Communist Party
We are told the Republican party is a machine. Yes. A government is a machine.... the school system of the State of New York is a machine; a political party is a machine. Roscoe Conkling
Pull no skulkers from under the ammunition wagon; take the tried and true old hero [Ulysses Grant]—with the Old Guard behind him who have never kept step to any music but the music of the Union. Roscoe Conkling
Parties are not built by deportment. Roscoe Conkling
If the question at Chicago had been who shall be the next President? instead of who shall be the candidate? beyond all question the choice would have fallen on New York's illustrious statesman . Roscoe Conkling
There's no place for a third party in the United States. Thomas T. Connally
It is necessary to have party organization if we are to have effective and efficient government. Calvin Coolidge
There is no salvation in a narrow and bigoted partisanship. But if there is to be responsible party government, the party label must be something more than a mere device for securing office. Unless those who are elected under the same party designation are willing to assume sufficient responsibility and exhibit sufficient loyalty and coherence, so that they can cooperate with each other in the support of the broad general principles, of the party platform, the election is merely a mockery, no decision is made at the polls, and there is no representation of the popular will. Calvin Coolidge
It is the business of the President as party leader to do the best he can to see that the declared party platform purposes are translated into legislative and administrative action. Calvin Coolidge
Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. Calvin Coolidge
The real test of party strength is down close to the grass roots. Calvin Coolidge
Both major political parties have long since been seized by the same powerful group of manipulators. Charles E. Coughlin
Republican pundits always believe Republicans are going to win; Democratic pundits always believe Democrats are going to win. Ann Coulter
I was content every man should have liberty of going to heaven, but I desired nobody might have liberty of coming into government but those who would conform to it. Richard Cox
I was a Socialist for two weeks but when a couple of Socialists assured me I had no right to think differently from any other Socialist and then quarreled with each other about what Socialism meant, I ran away. Stephen Crane
I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure. David Crockett
We are now, as we always have been, decidedly and conscientiously attached to the Tory, and which might with more propriety be called the Conservative, party. John Wilson Croker
Historically, cohesive political parties have been the glue that enables democratic political systems like ours to make the decisions needed to govern. Lloyd Cutler
… a slave program Daily Worker
Under all circumstances the main task of the working class is the overthrow of the capitalists in its own country. Daily Worker
I figured it out real early: How can you control the city unless you're the leader of your party? Richard Joseph Daley
Organization, not machine. Get that. Organization, not machine. Richard Joseph Daley
You motherfucker Jew bastard, get your ass out of Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
You run the party or the party runs you. Richard Joseph Daley
You try it! Richard Joseph Daley
The captains of the [political] system become the captives of the system. Alphonse D'Amato
it's a lost cause. They [the Libertarian Party] don't have the competence needed to run a political organization. The party attracts people who are anarchists at heart. They cannot follow orders or work as a team. For example, backing the legalization of drugs attracts users, who are not reliable party workers. James Dan
I haven't seen it yet but I support it 100 percent. Richard G. Darman
All we have is us. Our only hope of survival is each other. Tom Daschle
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheeses? Charles de Gaulle
No member shall be bound upon questions involving a construction of the Constitution of the United States or upon which he made contrary pledges to his constituents prior to his election or received contrary instructions by resolutions or platform from his nominating authority. Democratic Party
There are at least eighty liars in the convention. Chauncey Depew
The only question now is which corpse gets the most flowers? Chauncey Depew
Political action alone will not suffice. A new political party cannot win by conventional means. A new political party can win if it serves its proper function as the political arm of a complete patriotic resistance movement. Robert DePugh
I am a sailor. George Dewey
What good is to be expected from creating division when engaged in war …? Samuel Dexter
Governments propose, and oppositions dispose. John G. Diefenbaker
No government can long be secure without a formidable Opposition. Benjamin Disraeli
I care not for party. I stand here without party …. Englishmen, rid yourself of all that political jargon and factious slang of Whig and Tory Benjamin Disraeli
Party is organized opinion. Benjamin Disraeli
The Whigs have cast me off, and they shall repent it. Benjamin Disraeli
Without party, Parliamentary Government is impossible. Benjamin Disraeli
The rank and file were once again tasting the joy of being accepted by all groups. The party line made it possible during this period for ordinary members to be merely human beings and to act naturally, for their neighbors were now less frightened, and even listened to Communists explain that they were on the side of the American people. Bella Dodd
The political parties, or more accurately, the inner clique that controls them, select the candidates for whom the people vote. The candidates express the will of the party and not that of the people. The platforms of the contending parties are adjusted to trick the voters into balloting for their candidates. Sam Dolgoff
Democrats give away their old clothes; Republicans wear theirs. Republicans employ exterminators; Democrats step on the bugs. Democrats eat the fish they catch; Republicans stuff 'em and hang 'em on the wall. Sean Donlon
Becoming a Socialist right now would have just the same effect on anybody as drinking a bottle of near-beer. John Dos Passos
There can be but two great political parties in this country. Stephen Douglas
To die for faction [party] is a common evil. John Dryden
Party leaders can't guarantee elections. Jim Edgar
Why is machine government a greater affront to democracy than a government of leaderless individualists prone to petty rivalry and endless bickering? Alan Ehrenhalt
I propose, fellow-citizens, a new sort of union, or, if you please, a Christian party in politics, which I am exceedingly desirous all good men in our country should join: not by subscribing a constitution and the formation of a new society, to be added to the scores which now exist; but by adopting, avowing, and determining to act upon, truly religious principles in all civil matters. Ezra Stiles Ely
A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The vice of our leading parties ... is that they do not plant themselves on the deep and necessary grounds to which they are respectively entitled, but lash themselves to fury in the carrying out of some local and momentary measure, nowise useful to the commonwealth. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Welfare Party will come to power either peacefully or with bloodshed. Necmettin Erbakan
If we don't like what the Republicans do, we need to get in there and change it.... By the turn of the century it'll be a 95 percent white Republican Party and a 99 percent black Democratic Party. That's not what we need. Medgar Evers
Sometimes political parties have a very short window to influence public policy Michael Farris
We [communists] took the noblest dreams and hopes of mankind as our credo; the evil that we did was to accept the degradation of our own souls. Howard Fast
Party organization matters. When the door of a smoke-filled room is closed, there's hardly ever a woman inside. Millicent Fenwick
I always voted at my party's call, And never thought of thinking for myself at all. William Gilbert
This isn’t a religion, it’s a political party. So there are times I agree and times I disagree …. I don’t think you sacrifice your … integrity and ability to do your job to a political party. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind. Oliver Goldsmith
I don't necessarily vote a straight ticket in my own state because there are sometimes Democrats out there who are better than Republicans. It's hard to believe but it's true. Barry Goldwater
A party is good for about 20 years. Then it runs our of money and runs out of men. Barry Goldwater
No party has a monopoly over what is right. Mikhail Gorbachev
No political party can or ought to exist when one of its corner-stones is opposition to freedom of thought and to the right to worship God. Ulysses S. Grant
There are but two parties now—traitors and patriots. Ulysses S. Grant
The fundamental trouble with the anarchist is that, though he may be highly intelligent, he has no sense. A fruitful discussion of anarchism is almost an impossibility. If they do not realize that they have set their net among the stars, no word of man will persuade them that their thoughts are moving in a world unreal and unrealizable. Alexander Gray
I have long held that this is a one party government, the incumbent party. Mark Green
If you went to a parliamentary system for America, you would have 30 political parties develop overnight—maybe 50. William Greider
All Democrats recognize we do have differences because we are a big family. William H. Gray
These middle-class professionals, when equipped with Leninist-Stalinist training, and a genuine Communist outlook, are of great service…but their entry presents to the Party new problems … William Z. Foster
One bright and energetic [Communist] party member working as an educational director or editor in a strong local union is worth a dozen members occupied with the lesser duties of settling grievances …. Such a spot gives a party member an outlet through which to pour a steady stream of Communist propaganda. Clayton W. Fountain
Conservative politics are not an a la carte menu. Norman Fowler
The ideology and practice of individual acquisition, accumulation and concentration are now ascendant Louis C. Fraina; Lewis Corey
Political parties and groups shall be instrumental in the exercise of the suffrage. They shall be freely formed and shall freely carry on their activities. They must respect the principles of national sovereignty and democracy. France
We are against political parties and we have none. Francisco Franco
Ever since I left college, my political interests have been centered in the work of the Communist Party …. My poetry has contained social implications that can be resolved only by the success of the Communist Party. Waldo David Frank
I have avoided party “splits” … I know of nothing sillier for us to do than to split our thinking into the divisions that are now part of the history of Communism in Russia. Waldo David Frank
The Socialist group in the Chamber affirms .... that, in conformity with the fundamental thinking of the Socialists in all countries and with the tradition of French Socialism ever since the Revolution, it aims to abolish the capitalist system itself and to put an end to the exploitation of man by man, through the conquest of political power by the proletariat, through the substitution of social property for capitalist property, and through international agreement of the workers. French Socialist Party
When a party sheds it principles for victory, it will inevitably end up with neither. Stephen Friend
The true test of any Islamic party comes when it gains office by the ballot box and must then adhere while in power to the democratic norms it touted in opposition. History unfortunately gives few precedents here. Graham E. Fuller
Never, I beseech of you, encourage a certain “Christian party in politics,” which under moral and religious pretenses is officiously and continually interfering with the religious opinions of others, and endeavoring to effect by law and other means, equally exceptionable, a systematic course of measures evidently calculated to lead to a union of church and state. If a union of church and state should be effected, which may God avert, then will the doctrines of the prevailing sect become the creed of the country, to be enforced by fines, imprisonment, and doubtless death! Then will superstition and bigotry frown into silence everything which bears the appearance of liberality; the hand of genius will be palsied, and a check to all further improvements in our country will be the inevitable consequence. If we now permit the glorious light of liberty to be extinguished, it may never more shine to cheer a benighted world with the splendor of its rays. Zelotes Fuller
I cannot serve in the government and at the same time be in opposition to it. Yegor T. Gaidar
All free governments are party governments. James A. Garfield
I am an organization Democrat. I never in my life cast a vote against my own judgement, except I had to go along with the Democratic organization. I have done that. I will do it again. You must have organization. John Nance Garner
The party or sect that will suffer by the triumph of injustice cannot exist with safety to mankind. William Lloyd Garrison
It is one of the misfortunes of our political system that parties are formed more with reference to controversies that have gone by, than to the controversies which these parties have actually to decide. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marquess Salisbury
The Democrats fought with the conservatives. The Republicans fought with the liberals. The Bull Moosers fought with everybody. General Dynamics
I wonder what she [his grandmother Queen Victoria] would have thought of a Labor Government? George V
I can't strong-arm my members. They vote the way they want to. Richard A. Gephardt
Members should feel free to disavow the President and his actions. Richard A. Gephardt
People don't vote parties. They vote individuals. Richard A. Gephardt
You can't play politics with the future of America. Richard A. Gephardt
Party leaders must have not only the confidence of the party, but the confidence of the people. Gennadi I. Gerasimov
Sworn to no party, Of no sect am I; I won't keep quiet And I will not lie. William Fisher
In the face of war, politics are adjourned. Edward J. Flynn
Today, our party is small and the parties of the capitalists are large and strong, but the day will surely come when the Communist Party will be the only party in the United States. William Z. Foster
The [Russian] Communist Party decided that policy. As a good communist, I have to go along. William Z. Foster
A federation of factions. Yitzhak Herzog
America doesn’t need a third party; it needs a second one. Jim Hightower
If we cannot destroy party, we ought to place every check upon it. James Hillhouse
Weak natures have to be told that it simply means "to be [with the Nazi Party] or not to be [at all]. Adolf Hitler
I conceived the most profound admiration for ...[Mussolini, who] ... would not deal with the internal enemies of Italy, but pushed their annihilation in every way and by all means. Adolf Hitler
The election was held today. Besides the two great party tickets, there is a new party which has polled most unexpectedly five or six thousand votes. They call themselves the American party, and are opposed to the extension of suffrage to foreigners; ... with this powerful demonstration of popular opinion in their favor, I should not be surprised if ere long they should swallow up the Whig party. This new movement has occasioned a great defection from both parties. Philip Hone
In our form of democracy the expression of the popular will can be effected only through the instrumentality of political parties. Herbert Hoover
The basic tactics of the Communist Party are deceit and trickery. J. Edgar Hoover
The mission of parties is to keep the people divided into factions, that they may be unable to do anything for themselves. Edgar Watson Howe
Whether this organization [the Chinese Communist Party] has strength depends not on whether it is in power, but on whether it has the best people, and whether it can earn the support of the people. Hu Gang
No part of civil administration required greater care or nicer judgment than the conduct of religious parties. David Hume
Every man that lowered our flag was a Democrat.... Every preacher that said slavery was a divine institution was a Democrat. Recollect it! Every man that shot a Union soldier was a Democrat. Every wound borne by you Union soldiers is a souvenir of a Democrat. Robert G. Ingersoll
The formation of parties, societies, political or professional associations, as well as religious societies, whether Islamic or pertaining to one of the recognized religious minorities, is permitted provided they do not violate the principles of independence, freedom, national unity, the criteria of Islam, or the basis of the Islamic republic. Iran
This election isn't about race; it's about the direction of the [Democratic] party. They say, "You're not supporting the party nominee." I endorsed Daley twice over Republican opponents. He didn't endorse me once. This is about reciprocal voting and mutual support. Jesse Jackson
It doesn't matter whether you're riding an elephant or a donkey if you're going in the wrong direction. Jesse Jackson
People who won those states wanted to see their states in the victory column last night. They won elections in the streets and lost them in the suites. Jesse Jackson
Democrats make up plans and then do something else. Republicans follow the plans their grandfathers made.... Republican boys date Democratic girls. They plan to marry Republican girls, but feel they're entitled to a little fun first. Andrew Jacobs Jr.
... a measure for party purposes which it would not become me to adopt. John Jay
It appears that there have been differences of opinion and party differences, from the first establishment of government to the present day, and on the same question which now divides our own country; that these will continue through all future time; that every one takes his side in favor of the many, or of the few, according to his constitution Thomas Jefferson
The delusion of the people is necessary to the dominant party. I see the extent to which that delusion has been already carried, and I see there is no length to which it may not be pushed by a party in possession of the revenues and the legal authorities of the United States Thomas Jefferson
The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people. Thomas Jefferson
Wherever there are men, there will be parties; and wherever there are free men they will make themselves heard. Those of firm health and spirits are unwilling to cede more of their liberty than is necessary to preserve order; those of feeble constitutions will wish to see one strong arm able to protect them from the many. These are the Whigs and Tories of nature… Thomas Jefferson
The appellation of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all [political] parties. Thomas Jefferson
I have never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, philosophy, in politics, or in any thing else where I was capable of thinking for myself. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all. Thomas Jefferson
The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people and is a Tory [conservative] by nature. The healthy, strong and bold, cherishes them, and is formed a Whig [liberal] by nature. Thomas Jefferson
We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans; we are all Federalists. Thomas Jefferson
I don't care what kind of speeches you make as long as you don't vote against the appropriations. Lyndon B. Johnson
I don't think anybody from the South will be nominated [for President] in my lifetime. If so, I don't think he will be elected. Lyndon B. Johnson
I'm a fellow that likes small parties, and the Republican Party is about the size I like. Lyndon B. Johnson
Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all of the time. But the Republicans haven't given up trying. Lyndon B. Johnson
The needs of the many cannot be met by the party of the few. Lyndon B. Johnson
They have the Republican Party of President Eisenhower. They have the Republican Party of Senator Taft. They have the Republican Party of Senator Morse. And somewhere—way out behind the Chicago Tribune tower is—the Republican Party of Senator McCarthy with one foot heavy in Greece and the other foot in Secretary Dulles' security files. It makes bipartisanship right difficult. We Democrats need to know which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan with; and which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan against. Lyndon B. Johnson
It’s very hard for any one person to embrace every single aspect of any one party. Victoria Jones
No sophism is too gross to delude minds distempered by party spirit. Thomas Babington Macaulay
By a Party, With a Party, but for the Country. John A. MacDonald
We must support our supporters. John Sandfield MacDonald
... it produces so much electioneering among the members of Congress that it seems to border on intrigue & bargain, and it is not known to the Constitution. Nathaniel Macon
No free country has ever been without parties. James Madison
But the most common and durable source of faction [political parties] has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society. James Madison
Fascism is opposed to the interests of at least nine tenths of the people ... It cannot come to power when the working class is united and has cemented a strong alliance with the other strata of society whose interests would suffer from the open terrorist rule of the financial oligarchs ... Unity is the pressing need of all who hate fascism and war. Abraham Bernard Magil
Finance capital curtails democratic rights, narrowing the scope of democracy and paving the way for the open and violent dictatorship of fascist rule. Abraham Bernard Magil
I did not clash with the National Party. I clashed with my conscience. And in the end, conscience wins. Wynand Malan
In the hour of danger there is no partisanship. Joseph W. Martin Jr.
The brighter the presidential prospect of victory [for a particular party], the greater the crop of available candidates. Ralph G. Martin
Our party is divided into those who sit and those who are sat upon. L. Martov; Yuly Osipovich Tsederbaum
A political movement is that in which the proletarians as a class exert pressure against the ruling classes. Karl Marx
The purpose is to give me a choice between two positions. If one party includes both positions, you have eliminated my right to choose .... In your determination to win everyone's vote, you could destroy the purpose of voting at all. Jackie Mason
Mr. Chairman, I am from the South, and I never knew a Republican was white until I was twenty-one years old. Maury Maverick
An independent member means a member who cannot be depended upon. Herbert Maxwell
On those rare occasions when successful [political] reform organizations have been welded together they have developed techniques of political astuteness, leadership and discipline not unlike political machines. Robert Maxwell
I’ve searched my conscience about leaving the Republican Party, and I decided it was better to change parties than to change my principles. Betsy McCaughey
The fact that nothing bad happened is good enough. Charles McDowell Jr.
We elect Democrats to Congress to give us stuff. We elect Republicans to the White House so that we don't have to pay for it. Charles McDowell Jr.
We opened the door of the Democratic party, and 30 million Democrats walked out. George McGovern
I am not ungrateful to the man who struck the fetters off my arms, whilst I was yet a child, and by whose influence, my father—the first Catholic to do so for two hundred years—sat in the civic chair of an ancient city. But my lord, the same God who gave to that great man the power to strike down an odious ascendancy in this country … gave me a mind that is my own. Thomas Francis Meagher
If you can throw the Ohio delegation to Lincoln, Chase can have anything he wants. Joseph Medill
For me party discipline is a sacred matter, not just lust for power. Golda Meir
I am my own party. H. L. Mencken
I have been amazed to see how unrealistic are the bases for political opinion in general. Only rarely have I found a person who has chosen any particular political party—democratic or totalitarian—through study and comparison of principles. Joost Abraham Maurits Merloo
A party of order and stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. John Stuart Mill
Voters who are neither bound to the great political nor to any of the little sectarian divisions have no means of making their votes available. John Stuart Mill
It is not healthy to have a country governed by just one political party. There should be other political families taking part in government. Francois Mitterrand
The public good is being compromised in the conflicts between our rival political parties. Joseph Moakley
You ... have done more than elect a President. You have created a new party that ought to hold power for twenty-five years. Raymond Moley
The existence of parties is not necessary to a free government. James Monroe
Equally gratifying is it to witness the increased harmony of opinion which pervades our Union. Discord does not belong in our system. James Monroe
We must remember that a verdict of expulsion in disgrace from the Communist Party is considered by a class conscious worker as worse than death at the hands of the bourgeois oppressors. As for myself, I would rather have my head severed from my body by the capitalist lynchers than be expelled from the Communist International. Richard Moore
The most important thing to [political] parties is who is victorious—not the fairness of the process. Dario Moreno
I think this is the greatest mistake this country ever made and could not be more opposed to it ... but if he [Eisenhower] does it I will never raise my voice. Thurston Ballard Morton
As a partisan Republican, I am concerned by the fact that the John Birch Society has picked my party ... as a vehicle to promulgate its monolithic philosophy. There are three organizations in this country which give me grave doubts as a citizen: the Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klan, and the John Birch Society. Thurston Ballard Morton
The Democrats have prevailed because at heart we have embodied a great idea, which is that an elected government can be the instrument of the common purpose of a free people; that government can embrace great causes and do great things. Daniel P. Moynihan
Organizations in conflict quickly become like one another. Daniel P. Moynihan
The political parties have no role except to stage the conventions, where you celebrate a decision that's already been made elsewhere. Daniel P. Moynihan
Since the breakdown of party discipline, lobbyists have been able to pick off those members [of Congress] most strapped for cash. Michael Moynihan
Give us 20 years, and you'll not recognize this country! Brian Mulroney
No man can serve two masters. No man can serve his people and the [party] caucus. Victor Murdock
We must mobilize all forces and suspend all political parties and organizations. I do not want to be a dictator, but if need be we can resort to that. Ayaz Mutalibov
Party loyalty lowers the greatest of men to the petty level of the masses. Jean de la Bruyere
I long for the time when the public service will get onto a higher plane than that of serving political parties, and come to serve the public interest instead. Robert M. La Follette
Permanent political parties have been born in this country after, and not before, national campaigns, and they have come from the people, not from the proclamations of individual leaders. Robert M. La Follette
I loathe the professional politician. I have never been a regular. I have fought political machines and party politics at every opportunity. Fiorello H. La Guardia
I am a Republican. But I am not running on the Republican platform. I'm running on my own platform. I stand for the Republicanism of Abraham Lincoln. Fiorello H. La Guardia
In our talk a few days ago, you indicated that my candidacy for Congress on the Republican ticket would depend on my compliance with certain minimum requirements. Desirable and comfortable as a party nomination may be, I cannot sacrifice principle for the sake of party nomination or anything else. During my time in the House I ... voted according to my best judgement, and in a manner which I believed represented the wishes of the people of my district. The platform of the Republican party ... makes no appeal to the hope of the people whom I represent. Fiorello H. La Guardia
There comes a time in the life of every public official when he must decide between right and regularity. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Women in politics are the hope of American politics. They are either going to break the control of the bosses or put the political parties out of business. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Principles without organization may lose, but organization without principles may often win. Wilfrid Laurier
I'm a loyal Republican. I support the President [Ronald Reagan] when he's right—and I just keep quiet the other ninety-five percent of the time. John LeBoutiller
When we are reproached for exercising the dictatorship of party, we say, yes ... We stand by it and cannot do without it. Vladimir Lenin
We are Quebecois. Rene Levesque
Referring to the 1960 Republican convention where the national ticket was determined well in advance:] The party itself was hyping the conflict to create interest in what otherwise might have been a very dull convention. Charles M. Lichenstein
The man who is of neither party, is not—cannot be, of any consequence. Abraham Lincoln
As to politics, I am doing what I can for the cause. Abraham Lincoln
As to the matter of fusion I am for it, if it can be had on Republican grounds; and I am not for it on any other terms. A fusion on any other terms would be as foolish as unprincipled. It would lose the whole North, while the common enemy would carry the whole South.... I am against letting down the Republican standard a hair's breadth. Abraham Lincoln
I am in favor of short statutes of limitations in politics. Abraham Lincoln
I am not, nor ever have been, connected with the party called the Know-Nothing party, or the party calling themselves the American party. Abraham Lincoln
I cannot run the political machine. I have enough on my hands without that. It is the people's business. Abraham Lincoln
We hold the true republican position. In leaving the people's business in their hands, we cannot be wrong. Abraham Lincoln
No party can command respect which sustains this year what it opposed last. Abraham Lincoln
We [the Republicans] hold no doctrine, and make no declaration, which was not held to and made by "our fathers who framed the government under which we live. Abraham Lincoln
There was once in this country a man by the name of Thomas Jefferson, supposed to be a Democrat—a man whose principles and policies are not very prevalent among Democrats today. Abraham Lincoln
I believe in the two party system nationally, but not for large cities like New York. John Lindsay
The Founding Fathers did not foresee the party system as it has developed, and what they knew about its early beginnings the disliked intensely. Walter Lippmann
The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters. Walter Lippmann
I relate to both parties. I eat like an elephant and act like a jackass. Rich Little
The Communist Party and the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are the same in some ways ... To stay in power you've got to give people a good life and improve the economy. Liu Shuji
Our platform should take up every one of the issues of the day. It should be so brief that the newspapers would publish it and people read it. Belva Lockwood
The women are divided up into as many factions and parties as the men. Belva Lockwood
It is quite time that we [women] had our own party, our own platform, and our own nominees. We shall never have equal rights until we take them. Belva Lockwood
In time the Democratic party will fade away and we will have a capitalistic party and a socialistic party. Jack London; John Griffith London
Our duty as a party is not to our party alone, but to the nation and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.. John F. Kennedy
Sometimes party loyalty asks too much. John F. Kennedy
She's got five children, doesn't she. I can't ask that. We'll just have to give up the seat. John F. Kennedy
There’s something deeply cultural about changing parties …. radio announcers and journalists can change either newspaper or radio or television stations and footballers can change teams, but there seems to be a deeper cultural thing about the notion of [political] defection, even if you haven’t changed your values along the way. Cheryl Kernot
Christian Socialist Charles Kingsley
When Marxist dictators shoot their way into power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don't blame the guerillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago, but then they always blame America first. Jeane Kirkpatrick
Convention delegates live the compressed existence of butterflies. For a brief period they are admired, wooed, pressured, flattered, cajoled, endlessly pursued. The day after they have chosen, they return to oblivion. Henry A. Kissinger
If I can win the nomination, there’s no reason I can’t win this election. Michael Badnarik
The Republicans make a pastime of trashing the 1st Amendment while the Democrats pastime is trashing the 2nd Amendment. Dean Cameron
They who have nothing to loose, are generally of the Party for Paper Money; this ought to be a strong Prejudice against it, with sober thinking Men. William Douglass
A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Nearly from the founding we have had a democracy organized by two parties with wide wingspans, It’s often confusing to people why folks of different ideologies, different economic classes, racial and ethnic communities join under a particular political party. Ferrel Guillory
There are certain sects, which secretly form themselves in the learned world, as well as factions in the political; and though sometimes they come not to an open rupture, they give a different turn to the ways of thinking of those who have taken part on either side. David Hume
I am not a Federalist because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatsoever Thomas Jefferson
Because, Bill, I think we’ve given the South away to the Republican party for as long as anyone can foresee. Lyndon B. Johnson
The death sentence passed on five Nazi murderers by a court … has caused terrific excitement throughout the Nazi Party. It evidently thought itself above the law while committing the vilest crimes. Hitler has sent the murderers a personally signed telegram, assuring them of his sympathy and declaring it “a point of honour” that they shall be pardoned. And these are the sort of people who are now to enter the Government! Harry Kessler
After five o’clock we all drink the same booze. John McCormack
By catering ever more abjectly to the noisy, reactionary extremists of our party who are determined to impose their sectarian views and morality on the rest of us, the GOP’s vulnerability among moderate voters, particularly women, continues to intensify. William G. Milliken
The law of the land is We do not allow parties on a religious basis. We launch ourselves from our value system … but religion does not belong to any political party. Gamal Mubarak
When the Communist Party has made up its mind on any subject, it is so certain of being able to carry its point that the calling together of the All-Russian Executive Committee is merely a theatrical demonstration of the fact that it can do what it likes. When it does meet, the Communists allow the microscopical opposition great liberty of speech, listen quietly, cheer ironically, and vote like one man, proving on every occasion that the meeting of the Executive Committee was the idlest of forms, intended rather to satisfy purists than for purposes of discussion, since the real discussion has all taken place beforehand among the Communists themselves. Something like this must happen with every representative assembly at which a single party has a great preponderance and a rigid internal discipline Arthur Ransome
Twin relics of barbarism: slavery, and polygamy Republican Party
You cannot have an opposition party unless it is opposed to the people in power. Al Sharpton
I have lived in Germany and know its language and literature, and the spirit and ideals of its rulers. Having given many years to a study of American capitalism. I am not blind to the defects of my own country; but, in spite of these defects, I assert that the difference between the ruling class of Germany and that of America is the difference between the seventeenth century and the twentieth. Upton Sinclair
On my conservative days I’m a Democrat. George Singleton
it does not make any difference whether it were the Republican or Democratic Party. It is the business of the party in power to face the American Nation, stand responsible for the conduct of its administration, and to give the people of this Nation a prosecution in this case that will restore the confidence of the people not in the party in power merely, or any party, but in their Government, in the integrity of their public officials. Hatton William Sumners
We not only defend the Soviet Union in general. We defend concretely its whole policy and each of its acts. Palmiro Togliatti
Our political system is based on two parties fighting to capture the middle. Unfortunately the Republican party has been captured by conservative extremists. George Soros
The Executive in Moscow, the RUSSIAN leaders of a revolution that triumphed only through the help of millions of poor peasants, forces these their tactics on the proletariat of Western Europe, which stands and has to stand all alone. And in so doing annihilates the best trend in Western Europe! …. Through these your tactics on the Trade Union question you and the Moscow Executive have proved, to my mind, that UNLESS YOU ALTER THESE TACTICS, YOU CANNOT CONDUCT THE REVOLUTION IN WESTERN EUROPE Herman Gorter
Resolved, that our duty to the country, and our Southern brethren in particular, render it improper and inexpedient to agitate a question pregnant with peril and difficulty to the common weal. Resolved, That we take this opportunity to express to our Southern brethren our fixed and unalterable determination to resist every attempt that may be made to interfere with the relations in which master and slave now stand, or guarantied to them by the Constitution of the United States F. A. Tallmadge
Republicans lobby; Democrats march. Donna Brazile
Most Republicans who are registered Republicans are decent, honest good people who you have a difference of opinion with. The leadership of the Republican Party are a bunch of sociopathic maniacs who have their lips super-glued to the ass of the conservative right Alec Baldwin
Political activity of political parties shall not be based on any religious background or foundation. Egypt
Democracy, Whiggery, and Cliquery, will attract their elements and foment divisions among the people, to accomplish fancied schemes and accumulate power … Joseph Smith, Jr.
We care not a fig for Whig or Democrat: they are both alike to us; but we shall go for our friends, our TRIED FRIENDS … DOUGLAS is a Master Spirit, and his friends are our friends—we are willing to cast our banners on the air, and fight by his side in the cause of humanity, and equal rights—the cause of liberty and the law Joseph Smith, Jr.
No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Milan Kundera
Whoever deviates from this policy that I have established, privately or publicly, will be expelled from the Union Nationale. Maurice L. Duplessis
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best Will Rogers
It’s hard to be a front-runner in the Democratic Party. My party tends to destroy front-runners. Paul Begala
In my native tongue, Yoruba, the word for ‘opposition’ also means ‘enemy’. Olusegun Obasanjo
In the field of actual politics, parties are a necessity and organization is essential. It is the duty of the citizen, therefore, to support the party that stands for right policies and to adhere closely to its official organization. Loyalty should be rewarded by positions within the gift of the party; and disloyalty should be looked upon as politician treason. Charles R. Lingley
Republicans didn’t lose their majority. We lost our way. Mike Pence
Nothing is more usual than to see parties, which have begun upon a real difference, continue even after that difference is lost David Hume
Parties from principle, especially abstract, speculative principle, are known only to modern times, and are, perhaps, the most extraordinary and unaccountable phenomenon, that has yet appeared in human affairs. David Hume
To abolish all distinctions of party may not be practicable, perhaps not desirable, in a free government David Hume
Where differences of interest is removed, whimsical and unaccountable factions often arise, from personal favour or enmity. David Hume
Party service does not require intelligent, independent action, and politics today stands for party fealty more than for governmental ethics Lemuel K. Washburn
The reputation of a man as a member of a party may not be homogeneous with his character in his personal relations. We have in our mind instances of persons who have been for years hard workers for the cause, whose party-character is unimpeachable, but who are nevertheless sometimes difficult to get on with in private life. And, conversely, we know some whom we would personally trust to the uttermost, but politically as far as we could see them and no farther. The former, we believe, can often, and the latter seldom, be used in the interests of the party. E. Belfort Bax
A factious spirit prevails from one end of our country to the other. And by that spirit both Senators and Representatives are chosen. By that spirit the government acts; and, as to the provisions of the Constitution, however they may fill up the space of a speech to round off a period, or perfume a flower of rhetoric, they cannot restrain men heated in the chase of party game. Gouverneur Morris
The Liberal (Party) mentality is very different from the Tory mentality, because the Tory mentality is orientated to serve the big business interests. Jean Chretien
The most dangerous diseases with which a free country can be infested, are two fashions, each strong in numbers, if their heats and animosities are come to such a height, that any side, in the struggle for power, is willing to give up liberty, rather than their irregular appetites should be disappointed. Where this happens to be the case, the condition of the public is indeed very desperate, inasmuch as liberty cannot subsist, unless where it has a great many more friends than enemies, because they who attack, supply by craft and diligence what they want in other strengths. Charles D'Avenant
The time has come when the railroad corporations will either own the people or the people must own the railroads Ignatius Donnelly; Populist Party
We have tried everything to prevent this, but they have got too powerful, and there is nothing for us but for our friends to go into their meetings and disturb the harmony of them, and create division. Robert Henley, 1st Earl of Northington
It is easier to come to a meeting provided with rotten eggs than with sound arguments John Mitchel
All lands now owned by aliens should be reclaimed by the government and held for actual settlers only. Populist Party
We demand that postal savings banks be established by the government for the safe deposit of the earnings of the people and to facilitate exchange. Populist Party
The Russian tactic is the tactic of authoritarian organization. It has been so consistently developed and in the end carried to extremes, by the Bolsheviks to the fundamental principle of centralism that it has led to over centralism. Otto Ruhle
The socialist labor party of Germany endeavors by every lawful means to bring about a free state and a socialistic society, to effect the destruction of the iron law of wages by doing away with the system of wage labor, to abolish exploitation of every kind, and to extinguish all social and political inequality. Socialist Labor Party of Germany
No good can come out of sharing responsibility in the cabinet in which the irresponsible elements dominate decisions and policy. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah
We’re the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich. Ronald Reagan
Parties reciprocally defend themselves against the few old ideas they have inherited. They don’t live from what they promise, but from frustrating the promises of others Robert Musil
The two great political parties of the nation have existed for the purpose, each in accordance with its own principles, of undertaking to serve the interests of the whole nation. Calvin Coolidge
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don’t talk politics. Oscar Wilde
The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don’t acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead. Kurt Vonnegut
There was but a single act of my whole administration of which [the opposing] party approved... And when I found they approved of it, I confess I began strongly to apprehend I had done wrong, and to exclaim with the Psalmist, 'Lord, what have I done that the wicked should praise me?' Thomas Jefferson
Washington is corporate occupied territory …. The two parties are fighting it out to see who will take orders from their corporate paymasters. Ralph Nader
However much I have been blamed for not showing more deference to a great party, and for not acting more steadily on party principles, all I have to regret is that I showed so much Robert Peel
No Federalist over the age of 30 has ever changed his mind on anything James K. Polk
The Conservative Party is a tax cutting party or it is nothing. John Redwood
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. Will Rogers
I was ashamed to call myself a Republican during that period. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The right wing of the Conservative Party is one of the most vicious, prejudiced and neolithic animals in British politics Jeremy Thorpe
Man Up and use your political capital to support the Tea Party Candidates!... If the GOP strays from the Tea Party message, the GOP is through. Sarah Palin
Our two-party system has served us well over the years, but never better than in those times of great challenge when we came together not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans united in a common cause. Ronald Reagan
In our form of democracy the expression of the popular will can be effected only through the instrumentality of political parties. We maintain party government not to promote intolerant partisanship but because opportunity must be given for expression of the popular will Herbert Hoover
You can’ t be a national party in America and be perceived as an anti-immigration party. Michael Gerson
Twin relics of barbarism – polygamy and slavery. Republican Party
It is long overdue for the Communist infiltration in Hollywood to be exposed… J. Edgar Hoover
Wisdom is not the province of only one party. Barack Obama
We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord. Theodore Roosevelt
In the United States, it is easier to take over a party than to start a party. David Frum
We call for a hostile takeover of the Republican Party! Tea Party
We are the only industrial democracy that does not have one political party that is labor based. Noam Chomsky
A transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure of a republic. Warren G. Harding
We are fond of distinctions; we place ourselves in opposition, and quarrel under the denominations of faction and party, without any material subject of controversy. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
Mankind have always wandered or settled, agreed, or quarreled in troops and companies. Adam Ferguson; Ferguson of Rath
In perilous times, country comes before party. James Madison Leach
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good. So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities James Madison
Turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other cause, produced despotism. James Madison
Neo-Islamic movements are usually fascist movements. Manfred Halpren
The two parties should be turning to each other rather than on each other. Deval Patrick
All the political parties alike have their origins in past ideas and not in new ideas — and none more conspicuously so than the Marxists. John Maynard Keynes
The right to vote and be elected to the Legislative Assembly as well as to the provincial and communal self-government bodies A money payment fixed by law for the representatives of the people, which will allow them to be elected from the poorest classes of the population. Universal, civil, free and compulsory education, the state being obliged to provide poor children with food, clothing and school requisites Inviolability of the person and home of citizens Freedom of movement and of employment. Complete equality of all citizens irrespective of religion and racial origin. The replacement of the standing army by general arming of the people. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
This election manifesto is the longest suicide note in history. Gerald Bernard Kaufman
Never again should we Democrats wear the livery of the conservative. Franklin D. Roosevelt
There was a tea party… The men poured out the tea, cut the bread and butter, and washed everything up, without any feminine help and without any accidents! A party, that included the education of men… as well as the education of women, that gave one such skill and dexterity, and the other wider and truer views of life, was the party for me I felt, so I joined. Isabella Ormston Ford
I feel that the present government is not acting in accordance with the first principles of Liberalism, by refusing the right of representation to women taxpayers. I have joined no other party and I still claim to be a Liberal woman but a Liberal woman on strike Rosa May Billinghurst
Of late I have felt, with increasing intensity, the injustice inflicted on women by our present laws. The Party is largely my own child and I cannot part from it lightly, or without pain; but at the same time I cannot sever myself from the principles I hold. If it is necessary for me to separate myself from what has been my life's work, I do so in order to remove the stigma resting upon our wives, mothers and sisters of being accounted unfit for citizenship James Keir Hardie
There is no room for communists in Kenya. Mwai Kibaki
This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans Dennis Kucinich
Party platforms are reasonable exercises but nobody pays much attention to them. Howard Dean
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others. It is a heritage of communism, but they don't seem to see this. Doris Lessing
All political movements are like this — we are in the right, everyone else is in the wrong. The people on our own side who disagree with us are heretics, and they start becoming enemies. With it comes an absolute conviction of your own moral superiority. There's oversimplification in everything, and a terror of flexibility. Doris Lessing
Do the rhetorical quarrels of bourgeois political parties have anything to do with the interests of the humble and downtrodden? Mario Vargas Llosa
The DAR Forgets But the YCL Remembers. Communist Party
None is so crazy but that he may find a crazier comrade who will understand him. Heinrich Heine
[Characterizing Republicans:] ... the Grey Poupon crowd, the Gucci-shoe wearing, Mercedes-driving, polo-playing, jacuzzi-soaking, Perrier-drinking, Aspen-skiing, ritzy rich. Howell T. Heflin
Revolutions and bolts [from the party] are alike. They are sacred when the facts justify them. When not so justified they are blunders of the sort that is worse than crime. Rutherford B. Hayes
He serves his party best who serves the county best. Rutherford B. Hayes
I cannot answer your question because I am neither a Democrat or a Republican. I am a constitutional monarchy. Hassan II
If parties in a republic are necessary to secure a degree of vigilance sufficient to keep the public functionaries within the bounds of law and duty, at that point their usefulness ends. Beyond that they become destructive of public virtue, the parent of a spirit antagonist to that of liberty, and eventually its inevitable conqueror. William Henry Harrison
If parties in a republic are necessary to secure a degree of vigilance sufficient to keep the public functionaries within the bounds of law and duty, at that point their usefulness ends. William Henry Harrison
Honorable party service will certainly not be esteemed by me a disqualification for public office, but it will in no case be allowed to serve as a shield of official negligence, incompetency, or delinquency. Benjamin Harrison
Let us exalt patriotism and moderate our party contentions. Benjamin Harrison
Believing as I do in political parties, I had rather that the party ... should, in its conferences, make a declaration than to assume a leadership or take an individual position on the question. Warren G. Harding
a political machine of the greatest importance of the state. Alexander Hamilton
he will become a malcontent and possibly espouse and give additional weight to the opposition to the Government . Alexander Hamilton
Party spirit was ... and always will be, wherever indulged, the bane of society and good neighborhood. Sarah Josepha Hale
Political controversies are never entered into with any wish to gain knowledge, but only a triumph for the party. Sarah Josepha Hale
Grass Roots Convention John D. M. Hamilton
There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between politicians of either major party. George C. Wallace
The government of the State has presented two different lines of activity, one of the constitutional and statutory officers of the State, and the other of the party leaders,—they call them party bosses. They call the system—I don’t coin the phrase, I adopt it because it carries its own meaning—the system they call "invisible government." For I don’t remember how many years, Mr. Conkling was the supreme ruler in this State; the Governor did not count, the legislatures did not count; comptrollers and secretaries of state and what not, did not count. It was what Mr. Conkling said, and in a great outburst of public rage, he was pulled down. Then Mr. Platt ruled the State; for nigh upon twenty years he ruled it. It was not the Governor; it was not the Legislature; it was not any elected officers; it was Mr. Platt. And the capitol was not here; it was at 49 Broadway. Elihu Root
I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me... Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them! David Crockett
We didn’t give them permission to repeal the ethanol subsidy. We just told them that it would not break the pledge that they had made … Grover Norquist
Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow.” Jim Hightower
You don’t mind if we denounce you once in a while, do you, Lyndon? Everett Dirksen
People joined the Communist Party because it was doing something. It was fighting Fascism. Dalton Trumbo
Party conferences don't purchase fighter jets. Henk Vredeling
I no longer know of political party, I only know Germans Wilhelm II
Without the party I am nothing. Fred Sinowatz
United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs. Patrick Henry
One party is under the ironclad control of Wall Street and the other one caters to Wall Street. Alan Grayson
Ask what is it that the people need rather than what is good for our party. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Because of the term ‘whip’, it is assumed that members can be beaten into submission, but I’ve seldom seen that be successful. It’s getting to know the individual, what they think, how they feel, what’s going on in their personal life, are they agonizers or quick deciders, what kind of leverage can be used with them or on them. William Paxon
Minor parties have been attached to some special idea or interest, and they have generally expressed their positions through firm and identifiable programs and principles. Their function has not been to win or govern, but to agitate, educate, generate new ideas, and supply the dynamic element in our political life. When a third party's demands become popular enough, they are appropriated by one or both of the major parties and the third party disappears. Third parties are like bees: once they have stung, they die. Richard Hofstadter
A party as such, in the course of the development of a revolution, becomes identical with the revolution. Leon Trotsky
We are here today, not so much as to launch a political party but more so and more importantly we are here today to project a vision that will inspire hope Epeli Ganilau
I don’t think that a party today can aspire to be the majority party if it’s the old white guy party. Jeb Bush
We are fond of distinctions; we place ourselves in opposition, and quarrel under the denominations of faction and party, without any material subject of controversy. Adam Ferguson
Pirate Party Rickard Falkvinge
The only salvation for us is to stop being an incoherent, loose mob and to change into a strongly organized, disciplined army. Roman Dmowski
I demand that all considerations of class, section, and party shall be subordinated to the loftier and more patriotic object which all of us recognize as best for the whole country and its people Samuel Jackson Randall
There are some men to whom party success is so important that they seem willing to endanger this country. Eleanor Roosevelt
After a national crisis, it’s never too early for a partisan debate in Washington. Daniel Schorr
For the first time in the life of the great republic, there was a political organization which grappled directly and fundamentally with the growing injustice which marked the dealings between Exploiters and the Exploited Annie LaPorte Diggs
The Populist platform is almost too absurd to merit serious discussion. Detroit Tribune
Trouble began in 1868 where my sometimes querulous nature earned me powerful enemies among those whom I had vigorously denounced as the "the few who seek to grasp all power and wealth". These same men, mainline Republicans, soon saw to the termination of my political career. Ignatius Donnelly
The leaders of a party, or those who are so called, have but little sway over their followers, particularly when not in Government, and when they have it not in their power to threaten them with any very serious consequences William Lamb
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. Jesse Ventura
A party should be founded not merely on numbers, but on moral principles, without which it can neither accomplish useful work nor inspire confidence. Eleftherios Venizelos
I’m against parties. Take the party designations from the ballot and make politicians run on their names only. Jesse Ventura
Party spirit is in England an incurable disease. Leopold II
… when the one side says black and the other white, when the opposite political characters are treated by their respective antagonists as rogues, fools, blockheads, wretches, and all the other names in which the English political dictionary is so very rich, one stands like the ass, between two bundles of hay, considerably embarrassed which ought to be chosen.... Leopold II
The first advice I have to give the party is that it should clean its slate. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Party-spirit, which at best is but the madness of many, for the gain of a few. Alexander Pope
Republicans do not have good ideas. Borrowing two trillion dollars from your grandchildren to finance a Social Security scheme that looks like Enron is not a good idea. Howard Dean
We can only be right with and by the Party, for history has provided no other way of being in the right... And if the Party adopts a decision which one or other of us thinks unjust, he will say, just or unjust, it is my party, and I shall support the consequences of the decision to the end. Leon Trotsky
In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a "dictator" substitutes himself for the central committee. Leon Trotsky
It is the necessary nature of a political party in this country to avoid, as long as it can be avoided, the consideration of any question which involves a great change. Anthony Trollope
He too, liked his party, and was fond of loyal men; but he had learned at last that all loyalty must be built on a basis of self-advantage. Patriotism may exist without it, but …loyalty in politics was simply devotion to the side which a man conceives to be his side, and which he cannot leave without danger to himself. Anthony Trollope
Damned Neuters, in their Middle way of Steering, Are neither Fish, nor Flesh, nor good Red Herring. John Dryden
In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies. Alexis de Tocqueville
The last thing a political party gives up is its vocabulary. This is because, in party politics as in other matters, it is the party membership that dictates the language, and the membership relinquishes the ideas it has been given more readily than the words it has learned.. Alexis de Tocqueville
The three things a Tammany leader most dreaded were in the ascending order of repulsiveness, the penitentiary, honest industry, and biography Edwin Lawrence Godkin
Democracy, in brief, requires government by parties because the citizens are too numerous, too ill-informed and too preoccupied to come together spontaneously to choose the policies and leaders they wish to prevail. Political machinery has to be worked. The parties work it. Norman Thomas; Paul Beecher
Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or deal-cutting. Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle. One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mind-set. Such a mind-set acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas. It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times Richard Lugar
I do not want to be recorded in history as the man who bequeathed a tyranny. Kemal Ataturk
It's our tendency to approach every problem as if it were a fight between two sides. We see it in headlines that are always using metaphors for war. It's a general atmosphere of animosity and contention that has taken over our public discourse. Deborah Tannen
We must take from the right nationalism without capitalism and from the left socialism without internationalism. Gregor Strasser
I feel uneasy at the very idea of a Movement. I see every insight degenerating into a dogma, and fresh thoughts freezing into lifeless party line. I. F. Stone
What matters the party to me? I shall find enough anyhow who unite with me without swearing allegiance Max Stirner
Partisanship is not a symptom of weakness in democracy. It is a symptom of strength. Thomas D. DeLay
…to make a commonwealth is to divide it into parties, which setteth them at perpetual variance, the one party endeavouring to preserve their eminence and inequality, and the other to attain their equality. James Harrington
…the plebeians and the Senate of Rome were often at strife with each other concerning the enactment of laws, the canceling of debts, the division of lands, or the election of magistrates. Appian
A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The history of all popular governments show how absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties Franklin Pierce
The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution Franklin Pierce
Repudiating all previous party attachments, names and predilections, we unite ourselves together in defense of the liberty and constitution of the country, and will hereafter co-operate as the Republican party, pledged to the accomplishment of the following purposes: to bring the administration of the government back to the control of first principles; to restore Nebraska and Kansas to the position of free Territories; that, as the constitution of the United States, vests in the States, and not in Congress, the power to legislate for the extradition of fugitives from labor, to repeal and entirely abrogate the fugitive slave law; to restrict slavery to those States in which it exists; to prohibit the admission of any more slave States into the Union; to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia; to exclude slavery from all the territories over which the general government has exclusive jurisdiction; and to resist the acquirements of any more Territories unless the practice of slavery therein forever shall have been prohibited. Republican Party
When parties become subversive of the ends for which they are established, or incapable of restoring the government to the true principles of the Constitution, it is the right and duty of the people to dissolve the political bands by which they may have been connected therewith, and to organize new parties upon such principles and with such views as the circumstances and exigencies of the nation may demand Republican Party
My Republican compatriots do not feel that people ought to work with Democrats across the aisle—Compromise is a bad word. Richard Lugar
As far as party primaries are concerned, both Republican and Democratic Party primaries are dominated by the most zealous voters, whose views may not reflect the views of most members of their own respective parties, much less the views of those who are going to vote in the November general election. In recent times, each election year has seen each party's nominee selected - or at least subject to veto - by its most extreme wing and then forced to try to move back to the center before the general election. This can only undermine the public's confidence in the integrity of the candidates of both parties. Thomas Sowell
The nation sorely needs a Republican victory. But I don't want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear. Margaret Chase Smith
Every time there is a wave of new people coming into a political party, there has been an attempt to keep them out. David Keene
I have learned, by some experience, that virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and that they differ less in their motives than in the policies they pursue. William H. Seward
My so-called foreign friends do neither me nor the situation nor themselves any good when they try to bring me into opposition to the allegedly impossible National Socialist economic theories and declare me to some extent the protector of economic reason. I can assure you that everything I say and do has the complete approval of the Fuhrer and that I would not say or do anything that does not have his approval. Hjalmar Schacht
I do not belong to any faction, I will fight them all. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Let well enough alone. Mark A. Hanna
Social spending is going up at a tremendous rate. The irony is that it went up even faster during the “prudent” years of Republican administration more so than it did under the “spendthrift” Democratic administrations…. Alan Greenspan
Gay rights are perfectly compatible with fundamental Republican principles of limited government, individual rights and equal protection of the laws. David Lampo
A man of sound political instincts can no more subscribe to the doctrine of absolute independence of party on the one hand than to that of unquestioning party allegiance on the other…. If we had no party allegiance, our politics would become mere windy anarchy, and, under present conditions, our government could hardly continue at all. If we had no independence, we should always be running the risk of the most degraded kind of despotism,—the despotism of the party boss and the party machine. Theodore Roosevelt
My mind is appalled at the thought of a political party having control of all the details that go to make up the sum total of our lives. Think of it for an instant, that the party in power shall have all authority to dictate the kind of books that shall be used in our schools and universities, government officials editing, printing, and circulating our literature, histories, magazines and press, to say nothing of the thousand and one activities of life that a people engage in, in a civilized society. Lucy E. Parsons
A person who does not enter the new party [The Shah’s Party]... is either an individual who belongs to an illegal organization, or is related to the outlaw Tudeh Party, or in other words is a traitor. Such an individual belongs in an Iranian prison, or if he desires, he can leave the country tomorrow... because he is not an Iranian, he has no nation, and his activities are illegal and punishable according to law. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
How can you hope to build up a nation by fragmenting its politics into opposing camps? Whatever one group builds, the other will endeavour to destroy.. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
The French Socialist Party is not merely dying, but it is already dead. Bernard-Henri Levy
We [Republicans] are not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business very long. Lindsey Graham
The best way to determine what a party will do is to look at what it has done. Ted Kennedy
I was raised a Republican but I don’t recognize a once proud party that has been hijacked by extremists who are driving it off the flat earth that they pretend we are living on. R. T. Rybak
I mean, you know, this idea that somebody we disagree with on economic or social policy or something we have to turn into some kind of ogre or demon, I think, is a mistake. I mean, it's like telling the American people or half the American people that don't agree with you they're all fools. That's just not true. Bill Clinton
I was a mugwump. We, the mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties--that was our idea of it--voted sixty thousand strong for Mr. Cleveland in New York and elected him. Our principles were high, and very definite. We were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting, it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of his party name. We had no other creed. Vote for the best man--that was creed enough. Mark Twain
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honor Benjamin Disraeli
I don't object to polarization if it achieves an objective. Newt Gingrich
After fifty years as a Prohibitionist, I am more convinced than ever that we need a good party, not just good men and good women. Most public officials are united in the war against terrorism. They, like we, are outraged at the deaths of some 3,000 Americans on September 11. Yet, most are willing to give unqualified support to the traffic in liquor and tobacco in exchange for campaign cash. Those products jointly claim at least 600,000 American lives each year. Two hundred die each year from use of alcohol and tobacco for every one who died in the September 11 attacks. Need another reason for being a Prohibitionist? Earl F. Dodge
I assume that everyone here is impressed with my control of this convention as my choice for the vice president was challenged by only 39 other nominees. George McGovern
Princes of the Royal Family should keep as much as possible aloof from Party Politics, as I think they else invariably become mixed up with Party violence, and frequently are made the tools of people who are utterly regardless of the mischief they cause to the Throne and Royal Family. Believe me. Queen Victoria
It is a journey which must one day or other be undertaken, and which the Queen would be glad to have accomplished, because it must be disagreeable to her that people should speculate whether she dare visit one part of her dominions. Much will depend on the proper moment, for, after those speculations, it ought to succeed if undertaken. The Queen is anxious that when undertaken it should be a National thing, and the good which it is to do must be a permanent and not a transitory advantage to a particular Government, having the appearance of a party move Queen Victoria
Demographics are changing and we have to change, not necessarily our core believes, but the tone of our message and the intensity… . Long term, conservative principles if they are to be successful and implemented there has to be a concerted effort to reach out to a much broader audience than we do today. Jeb Bush
Here’s the role of the Republican Platform: Nobody reads it. I have been a Republican for 28 years and I have never read it. Mike Murphy
When you are not running for office, the people in the party listen to you more. Jeb Bush
The Tea Party was a grass roots movement and then the Koch Brothers came along. So now we have the Tea Party on coke. Amy Goodman
The Republican debate got pretty heated. They spent most of their time arguing over who God called first. Jay Leno
Republicans ... are conservatives who think it would be best if we faced the fact that people are no damned good. They think that if we admit that we have selfish, acquisitive natures and then set out to get all we can for ourselves by working hard for it, that things will be better for everyone. They are not insensitive to the poor, but tend to think the poor are impoverished because they won’t work. They think there would be fewer of them to feel sorry for if the government did not encourage the proliferation of the least fit among us with welfare programs. Andy Rooney
Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate. Lyndon B. Johnson
Republicans sleep in twin beds—some even in separate rooms. That is why there are more Democrats. Will Stanton (author)
How to Turn Democrats & Republicans Into Americans Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
The Republicans always looked bad three years out of four. But the year they look good is election year. Will Rogers
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it. P. J. O'Rourke
We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists Thomas Jefferson
We have got to be open. We cannot be a single-issue party or a single-philosophy party.” …. I am concerned about the undercurrent of rigid conservatism where you don’t dare not toe the line. Bob Dole
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Maybe the critics are right. Maybe there's no escaping our great political divide, an endless clash of armies, and any attempts to alter the rules of engagement are futile. Or maybe the trivialization of politics has reached a point of no return, so that most people see it as just one more diversion, a sport, with politicians our paunch-bellied gladiators and those who bother to pay attention just fans on the sidelines: We paint our faces red or blue and cheer our side and boo their side, and if it takes a late hit or cheap shot to beat the other team, so be it, for winning is all that matters. But I don't think so. Barack Obama
At that time, 1856, there were but six known Free Soilers in Davis County. Being thoroughly impressed that human slavery was wrong and wholly bad, and convinced that the Democratic party was hopelessly committed to the institution, and pledged to perpetuate and extend it, after consultation with my parents, I openly left my party in 1857 and announced myself as a Free Soiler .... James Baird Weaver
Washington believes in Zero-Sum politics. Robert Draper
Republicans have the habit of giving their possible presidential candidates a saliva test for purity, and then bitching for 4 years because they lost the last election.. Alan K. Simpson
The politician may change sides so frequently as to find himself always in the majority, but most politicians have a preference for one party to the other Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
The bosses of the Democratic party and the bosses of the Republican party alike have a closer grip than ever before on the party machines in the States and in the Nation. This crooked control of both the old parties by the beneficiaries of political and business privilege renders it hopeless to expect any far-reaching and fundamental service from either. Theodore Roosevelt
I am for the Party that is out of Power Will Rogers
The regular Democratic Party and its organization was run by men who looked on women as little more than machine parts. Ann Richards
We [Republicans] don’t need any new ideas. Marco Rubio
I will admit no bond that holds me to a party a day longer than I agree to its principles Jefferson Davis
There are but two divisions of party in the United States; and he is a very weak or very presumptuously vain man who can think of organizing a third party that shall rule them both. Fisher Ames
If everyone in the party has to agree on everything, that’s going to be a very small party. Rand Paul
A popular assembly without parties--500 isolated individuals--cannot stand five years against a Minister with an organized Government without becoming a servile Senate. Benjamin Disraeli
You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. I say, you can have no Parliamentary government if you have no party government; and, therefore, when Gentlemen denounce party government, they strike at that scheme of government which, in my opinion, has made this country great, and which I hope will keep it great. Benjamin Disraeli
Pity the Party without enough woman power - there will always be dreamers and leaders, but the dreams won't come true, nor will the leaders reach their goal, without the ready doers. Judy LaMarsh
Being a part of a political party is something like being a partner in a marriage -- work at it and stay loyal to it, and when you can't stomach it any longer, leave it. Judy LaMarsh
British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, was a precursor to the American Tea Party. Robin Lustig
A furious party spirit, when it rages in its full violence, exerts itself in civil war and bloodshed; and when it is under its greatest restraints naturally breaks out in falsehood, detraction, calumny, and a partial administration of justice. In a word, it fills a nation with spleen and rancour, and extinguishes all the seeds of good nature, compassion, and humanity. Joseph Addison
The sexual fundamentalists have taken over the control of the Republican Party. Nancy L. Cohen
I really don’t know. Carlos M. Gutierrez
Partisanship shapes the reality that people choose to see. David Brooks
Congressional parties are parochial parties. David Brooks
Partisanship is culture. Loyalty to the team takes precedence over loyalty to the truth. David Brooks
They ought to put a sign on the door of the National Republican Committee that says “Closed for Repairs”. Bob Dole
If we are to be the last of the White men who conquered the world; if we are finally to be overwhelmed by a pack of rats, let us at least face the death of our race as our ancestors faced their death---like MEN. George Lincoln Rockwell
For about 20 years we have had practically no collective leadership; there flourished the cult of the individual which was [earlier] condemned first by Marx and then by Lenin Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
The [Republican] party has no future. It can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics, and common-sense gun laws all at the same time. Thomas Friedman
I now understand that foreigners who interfere in our internal affairs will bring us nothing but harm Dmitri Dudko
If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic. Anonymous
This is the classic fight between the moderate Republicans who try to get to the middle by compromise and the conservative Republicans who try to create a new middle by driving the left away. Newt Gingrich
The Democrats want to help people who have been disadvantaged by the economy these last decades. The Republicans want to weaken and roll back various aspects of what the Democrats have tried to do. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The trashing and trampling of comity leaves ugly scars that are sure to fester and linger. Robert Byrd
Our American elections have been fought between parties which, roughly, have represented the forces advocating change and those preferring stability. Robert Houghwout Jackson
The [founding] fathers hoped not to create a system of party government under a constitution, but rather a constitutional government that would check and control parties. Richard Hofstadter
When a third party's demands become popular enough, they are appropriated by one or both of the major parties and the third party disappears. Third parties are like bees: Once they have stung, they die. Richard Hofstadter
Parties do often nominate losers. David Broder
We don’t have a problem of leadership. We have a problem of followership. Thomas S. Foley
Every political organization has a right to exist and to advocate its own point view. Nelson Mandela
… new truths are often struck out by the collision of parties, in the eagerness of controversy, which otherwise would have lain hid, The divine disapprobation of a form of government by kings, I take to be one of this sort of truths. Peter Whitney
As Republics have risen and fallen, a transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure since the world began. Warren G. Harding
I believe in party sponsorship. I believe in Party government as distinguished from personal government, individual, dictatorial, autocratic or what not. In a citizenship of more than 100 million it is impossible to reach an agreement upon all the questions. Parties are formed by those who reach a consensus of opinion. Warren G. Harding
The Republicans definitely want to fight. They are just not sure what they want to fight about. Dana Bash
Sometimes Republicans want to cut the social welfare programs and yet they ask for billions and billions more for the Defense Department. I don’t take that approach. Ronald E. Paul
We are an ideological grass-roots group, and we use our faith to pick members. Khaled Hamza
European right-wing parties are in fact surprisingly fragmented, disagreeing over almost everything except ultranationalist sentiments and xenophobic opposition to non-European immigrants. Andrew Moravcsik
I favor impeaching President O’Bama. Michael Burgess
We’ve had gerrymandering all along, so there is no proof that this is the cause of all this polarization…there are two other major factors that are much, much more prevalent than redistricting. One is the 24-hour a day, 7 days a week news media, where you only get noticed if you’re extreme. And the other is McCain-Feingold which pushed a great deal of money to the extremes. Tom Hofeller
Every emperor wants his power to last generation after generation. But can they? The Communist Party cannot monopolize all of the power in the country forever. This is a reality they must accept. Chen Guangcheng
I have always felt that for local offices in a small place, where everybody knows everyone else, the vote should be more a question of the man than one of party allegiance. Eleanor Roosevelt
Tories never actually talk about getting rid of their leader, then suddenly there is a flash of steel between the shoulder-blades and rigormortis sets in. Lord Riveaulx; Harold Wilson
The experimental plane may well finish up a few fields from the end of the runway. If that is so, the voluntary occupants will have only inflicted bruises or worse upon themselves. But the reverse may occur and the experimental plane soar into the sky. Roy Jenkins
Either back us or sack us. James Callaghan
My father, Charles Seeger, got me into the Communist movement. He backed out around '38. I drifted out in the '50s. I apologized for following the party line so slavishly, for not seeing that Stalin was a supremely cruel misleader. Pete Seeger
Thus it comes about that (with some few exceptions) we have a House of Commons composed of a number of mediocrities who are content to echo the shibboleths of their party, to vote like sheep and to respond to the crack of the party whip. Victoria Woodhull
Party organization, party discipline, party proscription, and their offspring, the spoils system, have been unknown to the state [of South Carolina]. Nothing of the kind is necessary to produce concentration. John C. Calhoun
With money we will get partisans, with partisans votes, and with votes money, is the maxim of our political pilferers. John C. Calhoun
I cannot think in the present state of parties of entering again on the political arena. I would but waste my strength and exhaust my time, without adding to my character, or rendering service to the country, or advancing the cause for which I have so long contended…. I am content, and willing to end my publick life now. In looking back, I see nothing to regret, and little to correct. My interest in the prosperity of the country, and the success of our peculiar and sublime political system when well understood, remain without abatement, and will do so till my last breath; and I shall ever stand prepared to serve the country, whenever I shall see reasonable prospect of doing so. John C. Calhoun
In America you've got a one party state except that you've got two of them. Anthony Wedgewood Benn; Tony Benn
Few things are as immutable as the addiction of political groups to the ideas by which they have once won office. John Kenneth Galbraith
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.” John F. Kennedy
The party out of power gains by all partisan conduct of those in power. Rutherford B. Hayes
We are in a period when old questions are settled and the new are not yet brought forward. Rutherford B. Hayes
When we are reproached with having established a dictatorship of one party... we say, ‘Yes, it is a dictatorship of one party! This is what we stand for and we shall not shift from that position... Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
We have this civil war at home between our own version of Shiites and Sunnis called Republicans and Democrats… Thomas Friedman
Statements of honesty in Washington can only go so far when you are employed. Robert Gibbs
People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Ralph E. Reed Jr.
We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility, or, in the words of the ardent young Nazi, "to be free from freedom." It was not sheer hypocrisy when the rank-and-file Nazis declared themselves not guilty of all the enormities they had committed. They considered themselves cheated and maligned when made to shoulder responsibility for obeying orders. Had they not joined the Nazi movement in order to be free from responsibility? Eric Hoffer
Republicans, Weed Out Your Progressives Tea Party
I am sorry to say I do doubt the honesty of many men that are called good at home, that have given themselves up to serve a party. David Crockett
… we need the flexibility and enthusiasm of youth to make any political party respond to the needs of today. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Baath Party was a Fascist Party. It was an Arab Fascist Party—one of many Arab Fascist Parties. There were of course Nazi style parties throughout the Middle East following Nazi allied policies and the Baath carried the flame. Edwin Black
The system of National Socialism [Nazism] has been devised for the very reason of making a repetition of 1918 impossible. Herbert Marcuse
Historically, tobacco control was not a partisan issue in American politics. Neither major party favored it. Republicans were sympathetic to corporate interests and Democrats were dominant in states where tobacco was grown and manufactured. However, beginning in the late 1960s Republicans began replacing Democrats in the South … and that liberated the Democrats to be the party of tobacco opposition. Martha Derthick
As long as the [Communist] Party remains the ultimate source of wealth and power, its ability to police itself will determine China’s fate. Andrew J. Nathan
Our mission is to bring awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation. Tea Party
The class struggle does not permit supporting any governmental initiative or sharing in political power. Italian Socialist Party
Universal adult—including female—suffrage under proportional representation, the right of referendum, the election of judges, the separation of church and state Length of working day fixed at 8 hours, regulations on the conditions of work, right to form trade unions … Social Democratic Party
While we recognize … the class origins of political parties we do not reduce every difference between parties to a class difference. Pietro Ingrao
If you seat these black buggers, the whole South will walk out. John Connally
Here are people who murdered folks who were trying to help people get a chance to vote and you’re coming up here to recognize them as members of the Democratic Party when they won’t even say that they will support the nominee… Lyndon B. Johnson
Parties make less difference in reality that they claim in rhetoric. The worst that parties threatened to do is not likely to come to pass—as well as the best that they aspire to. Richard Rose
… the most powerful party must happily accept and hear the opinions of the weakest Olympe de Gouges
… the partisan spirit will lead astray decency, reason and justice; and these Estates-General for which we have yearned for so long will only be reunited to spread discord. Olympe de Gouges
We have changed because we have learned. Georges Marchais
Over there, in the East [Eastern Europe & Russia] they would … like to see us build socialism as they like it. But over here, in the West, some people don’t even want to let us start building it, even if we do so respecting freedom. I realize that this is a little risky on our part to pursue a road that is not always appreciated either over here or over there. Enrico Berlinguer
A nationalist movement seeks its own country. A nationalist party seeks a country that will keep electing it. Charles King
There is a higher duty than that we owe political party. Al Gore
Fundamental difference in the theories of the two parties in respect of domestic questions leads them to approach foreign questions from a somewhat different point of view. One is more concerned with the human aspects of problems, the other with material aspects. One abhors privilege in any form, the other likes it in certain ways. Norman H. Davis
To change our laws and culture, the green movement must attract and include the majority of all people, not just the majority of affluent people Van Jones
An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history. Gerald R. Ford
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics Adlai Stevenson
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. Will Rogers
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right John McCain
Party politics in modern democratic society means pandering to a wide variety of different groups and sympathizing with their often quite base motives, such as revenge, power, booty, and spoils, to maintain the necessary level of support. Randal Marlin
Liberal politics meant the politics of common-sense. Henry Campbell-Bannerman
A party whose mission is to live entirely upon the discovery of grievances are apt to manufacture the element upon which they subsist. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
The two parties represent two opposite moods of the English mind, which may be trusted, unless past experience is wholly useless, to succeed each other from time to time. Neither of them, neither the love of organic changes nor the dislike of it, can be described as normal to a nation. In every nation, they have succeeded each other at varying intervals during the whole of the period which separates its birth from its decay. Each finds in the circumstances and constitution of individuals a regular support which never deserts it. Among men, the old, the phlegmatic, the sober-minded, among classes, those who have more to lose than to gain by change, furnish the natural Conservatives. The young, the envious, the restless, the dreaming, those whose condition cannot easily be made worse, will be rerum novarum cupidi. But the two camps together will not nearly include the nation: for the vast mass of every nation is unpolitical. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
So long as we have government by party, the very notion of repose must be foreign to English politics. Agitation is, so to speak, endowed in this country. There is a standing machinery for producing it. There are rewards which can only be obtained by men who excite the public mind, and devise means of persuading one set of persons that they are deeply injured by another. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Party government isn't organized for efficiency, nor to serve the people. It is organized to provide jobs for the boys Syracuse Herald
Socialism has not struck root very deeply in the United States, the very heart of the capitalist world, and that the workers there have not yet succeeded in organizing an independent political party on the English model. Emile Vandervelde
Fascism is essentially a typically Italian movement. Such it remains whether we consider it as a political party or as a phase of our national revolution--and even more so in the latter case; for Fascism, though in the guise of a political party, is a capital factor in the formation of the modern Italian state. Roberto Cantalupo
Abandoned by the industrial aristocracy, abandoned by the ex-soldiers who have once more been impregnated with the ancient democratic spirit of the nation, and by the generals who had led the Italian armies to victory and who on becoming members of the Senate have voted there against the Government, Fascism finds itself supported solely by the landed proprietors and by its own militia, which constitutes the only army of a party known to modern Europe. Carlo Sforza
There were the well-to-do intellectuals, pushed toward Fascism by their hostility to the working masses and by their disdain of the uncouth ways of the Socialists who, without adequate preparation, had taken possession of many municipalities and had been administering them in a manner even more ridiculous than dishonest. Carlo Sforza
THE IRISH PEOPLE TO THE WORLD History bears testimony to the intensity of our sufferings …. Our war is against the aristocratic locusts, whether English or Irish, who have eaten the verdure of our fields—against the aristocratic leeches who drain alike our blood and theirs. Republicans of the entire world, our cause is your cause…. Avenge yourselves…. Herewith we proclaim the Irish Republic Fenian Party
The Tea Party has won. There simply isn’t that much difference between the establishment Republicans anymore, and if grassroots chalengers are loosing more races, it’s because they’ve succeeded in yanking the party far enough to the right that there isn’t any more space for them to fill. Ross Douthat
Many in my party [Republican Party] are more interested in finding heretics than they are in finding converts Sarah Elizabeth Cupp
We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind. Populist Party
He serves his party best who helps to make it instantly responsive to every need of the people. Theodore Roosevelt
I do not believe that it is wise or safe for us as a party to take refuge in mere negation … Theodore Roosevelt
The Republican party should be beaten, and badly beaten, if we took the attitude of saying that corporations should not, when they receive great benefits and make a great deal of money, pay their share of the public burden [pay taxes]. Theodore Roosevelt
The state is the legal embodiment of the nation. Political institutions are efficient to the extent to which they express and safeguard national interests. Benito Mussolini
If Fascism has become a criminal association, then I am its leader. Benito Mussolini
With the suppression of all political parties, the bases were laid for the totalitarian state. Benito Mussolini
All [political] parties, without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. Pierre Joseph Proudhon
Our office corner has really become an area where the Tea party movement congregates and the rhetoric is really heated. Not just the calls but the e-mails, the slurs. Gabrielle Giffords
It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson, and follow him in all his motions, and windings, and turnings, even at the expense of my consciences and judgment. Such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles. David Crockett
… if we are a national party, it must be, as I think, because we profess a truly national creed. John W. Davis
The great principles of the Democratic Party: Honesty in Government; All Public Office is a Public Trust; Equal Rights to All Men, and Special Privilege to None; Fair and Equal Taxation; An Open Door of Opportunity to the Humblest Citizen in all the Land; Loyalty at Home, Courage and Honor and Helpfulness Abroad John W. Davis
The Republican and Democratic parties are alike capitalist parties — differing only in being committed to different sets of capitalist interests. Eugene V. Debs
When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else. Frank Zappa
Parties are means for good government and not its ends. William Allan White
A party is no place for a crank. If he cannot compromise and go forward, he should flock alone. William Allan White
It is not parties that make or save countries or that build them to greatness. It is clean men, clean ordinary citizens, the masses. Mark Twain
It cannot be said that we dislike paying taxes for the welfare of those less well off than we are, so we develop a draping cover of economic and social theory. John Kenneth Galbraith
A National [political] Convention is not the best place in the world to decide questions of abstract justice. The temptation to gain an unfair advantage is so great that it is not always resisted. William Jennings Bryan
These days everything is discussed in terms of political partisan perspective including the weather—especially the weather. Fareed Zakaria
[Commenting on Watergate:] Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. Gerald R. Ford
The lamentations of good men on the subject of party are vain; parties are inseparable from every free government; and you must either have parties with all their good and bad effects, or no freedom of thought or speech, as in Turkey, or any other state where parties are not to be found. William Smyth
Party historians go to the past for party purposes; they seek to read into the past the controversies of the present. Arnold J. Toynbee
… to get the Republican nomination for President, you have to be an outsider. Scott Walker
We not only want to believe that our party is superior to the opposing party, but also we want to believe that we are justified in believing this to be true. Eric W. Groenendyk
You don’t have to wait till your party’s in power to have an impact on life at home and around the world Bill Clinton
It should not be imagined that Party organizations must consist solely of professional revolutionaries. We need the most diverse organizations of all types, ranks and shades. Vladimir Lenin
The day of reckoning came by 1946. This year marks a watershed. As it dawned, it was becoming clear to most that the looked-for post-war World Revolution had been aborted, or at any rate, was not going to come off. A basic reorientation was forced on us [Communists]. Hal Draper
Our party has stagnated while working underground. Vladimir Lenin
We’re a cyclical country. 8 years one party – 8 years another party. William B. Richardson
Parties perform, to some degree, at least three functions in a democratic government. They recruit candidates, mobilize voters, and assemble power within the formal government. James Q. Wilson
… the two factions (of the Republican Party) are at daggers drawn over government’s role, which one side sees as indispensable, the other as insidious.. Jonathan Rauch
Forced to adapt to a changing nation, in this century, perhaps, the Republican Party will find a way to stay committed to the ideals of its founders. Heather Cox Richardson
Parties think slowly. David Brooks
We just can’t be the party of NO. We have to be the party of solutions. Bobby Jindal
The government and the Party are always blaming the comrades doing local work but never themselves, always seeing their own achievements but never their own shortcomings, and always welcoming flattery but never criticism.... Mao Zedong
If there is to be a revolution, there must be a revolutionary party. Mao Zedong
Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. Mao Zedong
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president. Mitch McConnell
My party is me. John Kasich
I ran for chairman of the Democratic Party to win elections. Terry McAuliffe
Somebody needs to stand up [to Donald Trump] and say "This is not our party. This is not OK. This is not normal." Jeff Flake
The abundant paradox of the disreputable Mr. Trump is the way he entices so many others to shred their own reputations. His political existence is practically built on the willingness of the media to rise mechanically, predictably to the bait every time. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
If hyperbolic political speech were outlawed, there’d be silence in America. Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.