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Great Orators of the Democrat Party

This started as a document with the above title that was sent to me by a friend. I liked the idea so well that I have greatly expanded it.

I have divided the quotes into Old Critical Thinking Democrats, Today’s Primitive and Social Thinking Democrats, Historic Honorary Democrat and a parting shot from an old dead Republican.

If the terms Primitive, Social, and Critical Thinking are not familiar to you, I suggest you also take a look at my Introduction to the Continuum of Thinking article, also on this site.

After you finish reading the quotes form the Old Critical Thinking Democrats, and get into Today’s Primitive and Social Thinking Democrats, you will, if you are not mentally damaged by torture, quickly note that there is something chronically wrong with many of today’s Democrats.

Most of today’s Democrats are victims of prolonged and intense mortarboarding which has caused them to think and talk irrationally. See the small article on motarboarding also on this site.

The sharp demarcation between the critical thinking of President Kennedy and the thinking of unfortunate wretches who follow is that they are all victims of chronic mortaboarding abuse.

Old Critical Thinking Democrats

I have sworn on the alter of almighty God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
– Thomas Jefferson

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
– Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
– Thomas Jefferson

So inscrutable is the arrangement of causes and consequences in this world that a two-penny duty on tea, unjustly imposed in a sequestered part of it, changes the condition of all of its inhabitants.
– Thomas Jefferson

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of our currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that will grow up around (the banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1802

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
– Thomas Jefferson

Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.
– Thomas Jefferson

And what country can preserve its liberties, if the rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take up arms. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1787, letter to William S. Smith

No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
– Thomas Jefferson

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
– Thomas Jefferson

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1816, letter to Charles Yancey

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1820, letter to Wm. C. Jarvis

There is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
– Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1782, Notes on Virginia

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing than to believe what is wrong.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1788, letter to Rev. James Madison

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1814, letter to Thomas Cooper

In all cases, follow truth as the only safe guide and eschew error which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1819, letter to John Adams

One man with courage makes a majority.
– Andrew Jackson

You [bankers] are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out. If the American people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.
– Andrew Jackson

You can teach a savage in a single day how to use a rifle; but not even a hundred years of persistent practice has taught Frenchmen how to behave in a House of Commons.
– Woodrow Wilson, 1890

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Continued dependence induces a spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole our relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935, State of the Union Address

Nobody knows when total victory will come. The American people will never stop to reckon the cost of redeeming civilization.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1943

The buck stops here.
– Harry S. Truman

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
– Harry S Truman

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
– John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
– John F. Kennedy, 1961

We dare not tempt them with weakness.
– John F. Kennedy

A rising tide [in the economy] lifts all boats.
– John Kennedy

Today’s Primitive and Social Thinking Democrats

It [what sex is] depends what your definition of ‘is’ is.
– Bill Clinton

We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.
– Bill Clinton, USA TODAY, 11 March 1993, page 2A

The president has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
– George Stephanopolous, Clinton aide, speaking on “Larry King Live”

The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.
– Hillary Clinton, 1992 60 Minutes interview

Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No o ne is more faithful, true, and honest than he.
– Hillary Clinton, 1998

Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.
– Hillary Clinton, 28 June 2004

This is a chronic disease among Democrats, who tend to talk more about what’s wrong with America than what’s right.
– Joe Klein, Time Magazine, Democrat

Innocent people have to die in a revolution. Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.
– Bill Ayers

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.
– Saul Alinsky, 1971, Rules for Radicals

Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and the way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. They are right; but we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the middle class majority.
– Saul Alinsky, 1971, Rules for Radicals

…I think most people believe that enough time has passed so that historical facts can be ignored.
– Jimmy Carter, 15 Aug 2006

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.
– Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmy and Billy Carter

See, Barack [has] been talking down to black people . . . I wanna cut his nuts out.
– Jesse Jackson, 8 Jul 2008

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps . . . then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.
– Jesse Jackson, 1993

Beyond this ballroom tonight, white males – wake up. Globally, you are an island speck in an ocean of color. The reins of power will weaken and so will your grip – if you do not faithfully support our nation’s greatest strength, diversity.
– Bernard Shaw, 11 Aug 2007, former CNN New Anchor, as he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists

I hope that we can admit that we have practically nothing in the way of a theoretical basis for political action.
– Richard Rorty, 1992, Yale Review, commenting on having given up on Marxism after the fall of the Soviet Union

Those rumors are false …. I believe in the sanctity of marriage.
– John Edwards

I invented the Internet.
– Al Gore

In the United States of America, unfortunately we still live in a bubble of unreality. And the Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous (global warming) is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.
– Al Gore, 9 May 2006, emphasis added

Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.
– Ben Bernanke, 2002, speech on Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz’s thesis about government meddling’s causing the Great Depression

The next Person that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary beads up their ass.
– Joe Biden

Whatever the reasons… we may have different perspectives, either as some theorists suggest because of our cultural experiences or as others postulate because we have basic differences in logic and reasoning….
– Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 2001, in her Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
– Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 2001, in her Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton’s army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka.
– Barack Obama, 2 Oct 2002, in fact both camps were first entered by Soviet troops.

I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know…if I help [Obama] he’s gonna help me.
– Peggy Joseph, Sarasota, Florida, days before the 2008 election

Could I have said … his [Barak Obama’s] experience is what puts him there? No. Could I say because his stand on issues have distinguished him? No … If Obama were a white man, he would not be in this position. … He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.
– Geraldine Ferraro, Democrat vice presidential candidate in 1984.

I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.
– Barack Obama, 2008, The Audacity of Hope, comparing himself to a Rorschach ink blot.

Well, uh, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or, uh, a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know, is, is, uh, above my pay grade.
– Sen. Barack Obama, 17 Aug 2008, on the question “When does a baby get human rights?”

America is–is no longer, uh, what it–it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was….uh, and I say to myself, ‘uh, I don’t want that future, uh, uh for my children.’
– Barack Obama

I have campaigned in all 57 states.
– Barack Obama, 2008

The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.
– Michelle Obama, Apr 2008

Racism is still America’s greatest addiction. I also believe that America is the greatest sin against God.
– Michael Pfleger, 25 May 2008, decades long friend and associate of Sen Obama

I’m, I’m, I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels. … These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels and focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives.
– Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, on Meet the Press, the day before the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Natural gas is a fossil fuel.

You don’t need God anymore, you have us Democrats.
– Nancy Pelosi, 2006

I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.
– Barney Frank, D- Mass, 2005 regarding Fannie & Freddie

These institutions [Fannie and Freddie] are fundamentally sound and strong. There is no reason for the kind of [stock market] reaction we’re getting.
– Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. 12 Jul 2008, Chair, Senate Banking Committee, Financial Post

Paying taxes is voluntary.
– Sen. Harry Reid

…this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq.
– Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, 19 Apr 2007

Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
– Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Speaker of the House of Representatives, twice in Jan 2009

This [global warming denial] is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors.
– Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., 4 Jul 2007

Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston Tea Party was about. They don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks.
– Janeane Garofalo, 16 Apr 2009

The limbic brain inside a right-winger or a Republican or a conservative or your average white power activist, the limbic brain is much larger in their, in their head space than in a reasonable person and it’s pushing against the frontal lobe, so their synapses are misfiring… is, it is a neurological problem that we’re dealing with.
– Janeane Garofalo, 16 Apr 2009

There is a little problem with the first $350 billion dollars [in TARP funds]. No one is quite sure where it went.
– Elizabeth Warren, May 2009, TARP fund administrator

And I had an excellent meeting with President Medvedev of Russia to get started that process of reducing our nuclear stockpiles, which will then give us a greater moral authority to say to Iran, don’t develop a nuclear weapon; to say to North Korea, don’t proliferate nuclear weapons.
– Barack Obama, 3 Apr 2009

And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
– Barack Obama, 2 Jun 2009, interview with Laura Haim, Canal Plus, on French television

You know, do me a favor, can you just say, “Senator” instead of “Ma’am,” It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title that I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you.
– Sen. Barbara Boxer, Jun 2009, comments to US Army BG Michael Walsh during his testimony before Boxer’s committee. Walsh’s form of address is correct military protocol.

My opinion is he [Netanyahu 14 Jun 2009 speech] raised many new obstacles to peace that had not existed under previous prime ministers. … He still apparently insists on expansion of existing settlements, he demands that the Palestinians and the Arabs recognize Israel as a Jewish state, although 20 percent of its citizens here are not Jews. This is a new demand.
– Jimmy Carter, 16 Jun 2009

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding of abortion.
– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 12 Jul 2009, New York Times Magazine interview.

And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable. It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially. We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation. Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.
– Joe Biden, 16 Jul 2009, AARP town hall event in Alexandria, Virginia

It’s important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America — and it’s our own consumption activity that’s causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that.
– Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, 17 Jul 2009, to the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Reported by Reuters.

Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.
– Rosie O’Donnell

I just want to say that George W. Bush is the syphilis president. The only difference between Bush and Hitler is that Hitler was elected.
– Kurt Vonnegut

The entire country may disagree with me, but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country; I don’t see why people care about patriotism.
– Natalie Maines, Dixie Chick

[George Bush] is ten times the terrorist that Osama ever was.
– Cindy Sheehan

They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet… in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pricks.
– Michael Moore, opinion of his fellow-Americans

Quit supporting my country and supporting crimes against humanity.
– Cindy Sheehan in Australia

Again, [America is] a stupid country with stupid people who don’t pay attention.
– Bill Maher

I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7 — building 7, which collapsed in on itself — it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes — 7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.
– Rosie O’Donnell, an excellent example of the danger of people speaking authoritatively about areas of information in which they are completely incompetent.

And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world.
– Jimmy Carter, castigating the British for cooperating with his country

The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow—and they will win.
– Michael Moore

Well, because the Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists, actually. It was a cooperation. They gave them the perfect excuse to denounce all Arabs. It’s a racist sort of thing, really racist – you know, picking out these 19 or 20 terrorists – they were terrorists – and saying all the Arabs are like them.
– James Abourezk, former Democratic Senator on Hizbullah TV

You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought [they] were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc. … Bush set a new precedent. He came into office with the attitude of ‘I’m so tired of the public good. What about my good? What about my rich friends’ good?’
– Peter Mehlman, at The Huffington Post

Is there such a thing as a man-made stroke? In other words, did someone do this to (Democratic Senator Tim Johnson)? …I know what this [Republican] party is capable of.
– Joy Behar, on The View

When I see a stroller now, I see it as someone who evicted a person with AIDS, right or wrong.
– Brian Basinger, president of the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual Democratic Club on the horror of having to live near heterosexual families in San Francisco.

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that’s a storybook, man.
– Joe Biden, on Barack Obama

Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.
– Keith Olbermann, MSNBC

Drudge? Aw, Drudge, somebody ought to wrap a strong Republican entrail around his neck and hoist him up about six feet in the air and watch him bounce.
– Mike Malloy, radio talk show host

It’s good (Michelle Malkin’s) in D.C. and I’m in New York. I’d spit on her if I saw her.
– Geraldo Rivera

If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become Communist.
– Jane Fonda, Nov 1970, American traitor, speech at University of Michigan

I, a socialist, think that we should strive toward a socialist society, all the way to communism.
– Jane Fonda, 1970, American traitor, speech at Duke University

We’ve got to establish a socialist economic structure that will limit private profit-oriented businesses. Whether the transition is peaceful depends on the way our present governmental leaders react.
– Jane Fonda, 1971, American traitor, speech at University of Texas

America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process.
– George Soros, 27 Jan 2007, comment at the Davos

This vast tragedy, however, is nothing compared to the nutritional disaster that seems likely to overtake humanity in the 1970s (or, at the latest, the 1980s) … A situation has been created that could lead to a billion or more people starving to death.
– Paul Ehrlich, 1974, The End of Affluence, p.21

Hundreds of millions of people will soon perish in smog disasters in New York and Los Angeles…the oceans will die of DDT poisoning by 1979…the U.S. life expectancy will drop to 42 years by 1980 due to cancer epidemics.
– Paul Ehrlich, 1969, in Ramparts

The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famines—hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.
– Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, 1968

We [as a nation] are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
– Walter Cronkite, week of 26 Sep 2005

Historic Honorary Democrat

The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. … Abolition of the family! … Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality … this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads … In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.
– Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848, The Communist Manifesto

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
– Karl Marx

How lucky can we be to have such minds in charge of our once great country?

Life’s tough but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.
– John Wayne

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