The Stupidest Things President George W. Bush Has Ever Said
"Families is where our nation finds hope,
where wings take dream." —LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
to audio clip
"I know how hard it is for you to put food on
your family." —Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000(Listen
to audio clip
"I hear there's rumors on the Internets that
we're going to have a draft." —second presidential
debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004 (Listen
to audio clip
"I know the human being and fish can coexist
peacefully." —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000 (Listen
to audio clip
"You work three jobs? … Uniquely American,
isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing
that." —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska,
Feb. 4, 2005 (Listen
to audio clip
"Too many good docs are getting out of the
business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love
with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff,
Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 (Watch
to audio clip
"They misunderestimated me."
—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our
children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful,
and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm
our country and our people, and neither do we."
—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch
to audio clip
"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know
it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me
once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get
fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch
to audio clip
Democrats (I think to myself) are liberals who believe the
people are basically good, but that they need government help
to organize their lives. They believe in freedom so fervently
that they think it should be compulsory. They believe that the
poor and ignorant are victims of an unfair system and that
their circumstances can be improved if we give them help.
Republicans (I think to myself) 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.
Ann Richards on How to Be a Good Republican:
1. You have to believe that the nation's current 8-year
prosperity was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George
Bush, but yesterday's gasoline prices are all Clinton's fault.
2. You have to believe that those privileged from birth
achieve success all on their own.
3. You have to be against all government programs, but
expect Social Security checks on time.
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The only truly new ideas [the right] has come up with in
the last twenty years are (1) supply side economics, which is
a way of redistributing the wealth upward toward those who
already have more than they know what to do with, and (2)
creationism, which is a parallel idea for redistributing
ignorance out from its fundamentalist strongholds to those who
know more than they need to.
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle,
disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity,
it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation
for the future.
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always
expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidentially expect
utopia. Both are wrong.
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they
have demonstrated time and again that they have the management
skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to
help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your
car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a
Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the
other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't
bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly
Pants Night at the country club.
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and
too fat to run.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who,
however, has never learned how to walk forward.
The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes.
The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from
H. W. Bush:
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave
things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If
you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it.
It is well known that the most radical revolutionary will
become a conservative on the day after the revolution.
American liberals and conservatives share much of the same
political heritage. Originally the term Liberal referred to
the political and economic ideal of liberating individuals
from unrepresentative and arbitrary governments. Early
liberalism set in motion patterns for the rule of law that
would guarantee individual rights, representation in law
making, access to the courts, and protection of private
property. Both conservatives and liberals are Liberal in this
sense. But whereas American conservatives of various stripes
have continued to place primary emphasis on individual
freedom, the autonomy of private institutions, and limits to
government in the economic area, American liberals have more
frequently appealed to government to advance the liberation of
individuals from economic, racial, and political disadvantages
in society as a whole.
It may be true that the government that governs best
governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the
government that governs worst.
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.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid
people are conservatives.
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after
The radical of one century is the conservative of the next.
The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the
conservative adopts them.
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead
Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives
feel they deserve everything they've stolen.
The Democrats are the party of government activism, the
party that says government can make you richer, smarter,
taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans
are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get
elected and prove it.
We are different from previous generations of
conservatives. We are no longer working to preserve the status
quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power
structure of this country.
Education either functions as an instrument which is used
to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the
logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it
becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and
women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover
how to participate in the transformation of their world.
Conservatives usually prefer twin beds, which may
contribute to the fact that Canada has more Liberals.
The two parties which divide the state, the party of
Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have
disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.
Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no
invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no
prudence, no husbandry.
Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism
goes for comfort, reform for truth.
Conservatism is more candid to behold another's worth;
reform more disposed to maintain and increase its own.
We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and
winter, we stand by the old; reformers in the morning,
conservers at night.
Conservatism stands on man's confessed limitations; reform
on his indisputable infinitude; conservatism on circumstance;
liberalism on power; one goes to make an adroit member of the
social frame; the other to postpone all things to the man
himself; conservatism is debonnair and social; reform is
individual and imperious.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a
conservative without changing a single idea.
Most liberals never lost sight of the potential for evil in
big government. They have consistently opposed government
power in matters of personal and political belief. Liberals
are not unconcerned with economic liberty, but they have come
to believe that the common good requires that social justice
be given a higher priority than absolute economic freedom.
Conservatives are—and always have been—on the other side
of both questions. They are much more prone than liberals to
limiting personal and political liberties, but they place the
freedom of an individual to do as he pleases in the economic
realm at the top of their concerns. Social justice has held a
lower priority for conservatives, from the days of Alexander
Hamilton when they favored strong government as a means of
protecting their economic privileges to the days of Ronald
Reagan when they see government as an instrument of social
justice and therefore a threat to their economic position.
Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence.
The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their
kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills. [on
causes of the Columbine High School massacre, 1999]
E. Gladstone :
A liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. A
conservative is a liberal who's been mugged.
Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence;
conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.
There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old,
therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new,
therefore it is better."
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not
heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative,
has no brains.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by
'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by
'reactionary,' one who won't go at all.
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults
his grandmother when in doubt.