I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
— The words of Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty, in the Gilbert & Sullivan musical, HMS Pinafore, on how he achieved his high position.
It is only natural for unbridled partisanship unrestrained by allegiance to a greater cause, to lead to chaos.
— George Washington
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
— John Quincy Adams — Mitt Romney, take note.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
— Plato – a message to Democratic voters
— John Kenneth Gailbraith — the result is climate change denial, white supremacy, nationalism, and opposition to taxes and welfare programs.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism.
— John Avlon
The Senate used to be a place of great debate and accomplishment. Now it is run like a dictatorship, shutting out the voices of millions of Americans.
— John Conryn —Ironic that a Republican Senator from Texas said this.
By pumping up hyper-partisanship, our country (America) is playing with forces that can easily get out of control. We are giving purpose and cover – and sometimes a sense of purpose – to the crazy among us. We are encouraging a culture of extremism.
— John Avlon — and who is the architect of this? Fox, Breitbart, and the man who, according to his lawyers was “vindicated.”