33 Quotes About Conservatives/Republicans That Liberals Should Know About
September 2, 2012
We all know what conservatives/Republicans are like. It’s just unfortunate that they don’t know it themselves. And if they do, that’s just sad. Many things have been said about conservatives, Republicans, and conservatism. Most of it, of course, is bad but true. Humorists, politicians, writers, journalists, comedians, and even US Presidents have left us with many quotes about the right wing. Here are just 33 of them. If you’re a liberal, these are well worth book marking. If you’re a conservative, the truth hurts, doesn’t it?
Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all. ~Barry Goldwater
“I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. ~Alexis de Tocqueville
Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals. ~Mark Twain
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. ~Benjamin Disraeli
Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time. ~George Carlin
Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. ~Harry S. Truman
Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. ~Jimmy Carter
Latins for Republicans – it’s like roaches for Raid. ~John Leguizamo
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. ~Woodrow Wilson
I like that about the Republicans; the evidence does not faze them, they are not bothered at all by the facts. ~Bill Clinton
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. ~Woodrow Wilson
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. ~Benjamin Disraeli
A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’. ~William F. Buckley, Jr.
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative. ~John Stuart Mill
Even as someone who’s labeled a conservative – I’m a Republican, I’m black, I’m heading up this organization in the Reagan administration – I can say that conservatives don’t exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they’re welcome. ~Clarence Thomas
In the United States I have always believed that there was a big difference between Conservative and stupid. Boy is it getting harder to prove that one by the minute. ~Rick Mercer
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~John Kenneth Galbraith
When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung. ~Henry Ward Beecher
I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who’s hitting you? It’s about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them. ~Harry Truman
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~H. L. Mencken
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they’re dead. ~Leo Rosten
Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose. ~George Will
The Republicans are looking after the financial interests of the wealthiest individuals in this country. ~Edward Kennedy
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone
Republicans don’t like people who talk about depressions. You can hardly blame them for that. You remember the old saying: Don’t talk about rope in the house where somebody has been hanged. ~Harry Truman
You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat. ~Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party. ~Walter J. Lippmann
Herbert Hoover once ran on the slogan, “Two cars in every garage”. Apparently, the Republican candidate this year is running on the slogan, “Two families in every garage”. ~Harry Truman
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. ~Harry Truman
Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate. ~Lyndon Johnson
A gathering of Democrats is more sweaty, disorderly, offhand, and rowdy than a gathering of Republicans; it is also likely to be more cheerful, imaginative, tolerant of dissent, and skillful at the game of give-and-take. A gathering of Republicans is more respectable, sober, purposeful, and businesslike than a gathering of Democrats; it is also likely to be more self-righteous, pompous, cut-and-dried, and just plain boring. ~Clinton Rossiter
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
The typical conservative is one who opposes all progress. They are paranoid, enjoy using fear to control others, and in most cases have no clue what they are talking about. They hate facts, hate government, and do not believe in contributing to society. Conservatives cling to the failed policies and traditions of the past and are willing to use the threat of violence at times to return to them. Many of these quotes were meant to be funny, but it turns out the humorous quotes were quite accurate. The rest of the quotes were just bluntly truthful. In the spirit of this list, however, I’d like to add a quote of my own that describes today’s conservatives to a tee.
Conservatives remind me of Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, and Elmer Fudd. They bring the guns, the stupidity, and of course, the failure.
Sorry conservatives, it had to be said.