33 Quotes About Conservatives/Republicans That Liberals Should Know About

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.

Obama Accomplishments with Citations

For those who think that our President has done nothing… please do a little research: http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html

Just a few examples from the article cited above…

  • Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office.  http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
  • Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
  • He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.  http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
  • Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.  http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
  • He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.  http://bit.ly/hWCPg0   http://bit.ly/geHpcD
  • He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
  • He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.   http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
  • Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l
  • Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.  http://bit.ly/g6MTuC
  • Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021.  http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4
  • He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate.  http://aje.me/qAh4Sj
  • He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it.  He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66   http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
  • He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.  http://bit.ly/epwUQY
  • Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.   http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr   This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide   http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction.  http://bit.ly/fYwNrV
  • He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic  White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
  • Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw
  • He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b
  • Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people,  and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental  to those with coverage.  He also established  http://www.healthcare.gov/
  • Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950.  http://bit.ly/f74pD8
  • He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p  (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)
  • He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.   http://bit.ly/dX6vNB
  • He loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.   http://huff.to/eQfa7j

The above are just a few of many that I chose at random…. read the article: http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html then read the citations.  This isn’t a bunch of propogandist BS like what the right is feeding you.  If you are going to the polls in November do it armed with facts not lies!!

R.I.P. Senator Kennedy

Sharing e-mails, comments and articles about the late Senator Ted Kennedy.  If I didn’t always agree with his lifestyle I did generally agree with his politics.  He was a strong leader and made a lot of progress in legislature that benefitted the average American.  He will be missed on the senate floor and the factory floor.  Good night, Senator Kennedy, thanks for all you’ve done.  ~  A Fellow American

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For nearly five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity;  in children who know education’s promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me.

In the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth and good cheer. He battled passionately on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintained warm friendships across party lines. And that’s one reason he became
not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

I personally valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve benefited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

His fight gave us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives.

For America, he was a defender of a dream. For his family, he was a guardian. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today — to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama



Gen. Colin Powell Remarks on the Death of Senator Ted Kennedy

“I knew Senator Kennedy very, very well. He was a great legislator, marvelous representative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and I considered him a very close friend.

I have known him for something like 46 years – if I count, properly longer, more like 47 years. And I knew him at the very beginning of his career when he first got out of the Army, and he started to run for office.

He was for the underprivileged. He was for the poor. He was for those who did not have health care. He was for the reduction and elimination of racial barriers.

And so Ted Kennedy was somebody who reached out for all of those who were not yet benefiting from the American dream. And he strongly believed that America had the potential to give all of its citizens an opportunity to lead a good quality, healthy life.”


The New York Times – U.S. / Politics:
Edward M. Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Is Dead at 77
By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: August 27, 2009
Senator Kennedy, a man who knew acclaim and tragedy in near-equal measure, will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate. – READ MORE

Dick Cheney rolls in his grave… too good (and true) not to share…


Weighing in on Health Care Reform

So my pals at the DNC called me today to help pay for their advertising up-tick to promote their health care reform bill and to negate all the evil coming from Emporer Limbaugh, Darth Hannity, Sith Witch Coulter and the rest of the Republic. While I do want to see a health care reform bill get passed this year, I am on the fence as to what it should look like. Why, you ask? Aren’t I a bra-burning liberal?? Well, yes, on most issues, especially social issues. But on this particular issue I have a very close-to-home conflict of interest. I work for one of the biggest insurance companies in the country.* 

So… depending on the bill that actually gets through, I could potentially be out of a job. And with 4 kids to feed I have to step back and really scrutinize what’s trying to be accomplished. That said, I would still like to see a national health care system but I think there should be a private offering as well. How would that work? Well, we have it in place already really. Medicare and Medical Assistance are available to seniors and families with children, respectively, when they don’t have the means to provide for their own health care. Now I think that these offerings would have to be tweaked a bit and made better overall but the base is there to start from. The big change would be opening those programs up to a bigger population with less restrictive requirements (i.e. income, age, family, etc).

Then leave the private insurance in place — they will have to become competitive financially and where benefits are concerned to keep the cash flowing. So, someone like me, with 4 kids, now has an option. I can stick with my private, employer-based insurance or I can opt-out and go with the federal insurance plan. Or maybe I can stay with my company’s insurance and just get pharmacy bennies from the fed since mine suck. Or any number of combinations of the two options that work fiscally and are best for the health of my family. I think that people in general want better health care, I think they also want choices. I think that our government can do both. So, as I told the nice gentleman from the DNC today… I won’t be donating until I see a better defined and what I think is a helpful plan put out to the public for review. So if they want my donation they will need to step it up a notch.

Interestingly enough, right after that phone call I saw the following message from Herb Kohl (D-WI):

Over the past several months, people in Washington have been working to carefully craft a health care reform package. Though progress has been steady, there are still several proposals in flux. Please be aware that neither the House nor the Senate has formulated one bill, and that no final decisions have been made about what will be included in health reform.

Most of us agree that reforming and improving our health care system is necessary, and we cannot afford to wait another 10 or 20 years until health care costs consume an even greater percentage of the economy and the budgets of American families.

Consider this: The United States spends $7,290 on health care per person, per year – while the average spent by the 30 most developed countries is $2,960. It is unacceptable that we have so much more of our money tied up in health care, yet we are not delivering demonstrably better health care than many of these countries. Studies show that the U.S. ranks below average on major health indicators, including infant mortality and life expectancy, when compared with the rest of the world.

We currently rank 44th in infant mortality and 30th in life expectancy, with the average American living to 78 years of age. By comparison, Japan spends $2,550 on health care per person each year – just over a third of what the U.S. spends – and boasts a life expectancy of 83 years.

There is no doubt that American health care is breaking the bank and making us less competitive in the world economy. Money that should be going to wage increases and helping to make our businesses more competitive is instead going to pay for increases in health care costs. This will not change until we get a handle on those costs.

Controlling costs is a goal we can all support in principle, especially when other countries have demonstrated that quality health care can be delivered at a much lower cost. We can start controlling costs by paying for value of care, not volume, and eliminating duplicative testing and over-treatment. If we can do that, then our health care system – and America’s patients – will be in better shape. We need to ensure that all health care systems provide better care in a more efficient way, and reward those systems that already do so, such as the ones we have in several locations in Wisconsin.

America’s health systems should expand the use of health information technology, which has been shown to save lives by reducing medical errors and save money by promoting efficiency in testing and communication. We can support the use of generic drugs and get generic equivalents on the market faster. And we can encourage Americans to engage in preventive care and healthy lifestyles.

Many of these money-saving ideas are not controversial. The fact is that there is a lot that we can all agree on. We agree that we need to expand coverage to most, if not all, Americans. We also agree that people should not be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions. The principles we agree on far outnumber those on which we differ.

In addition to saving costs, health reform can do so much good for the average American. We want to limit your out-of-pocket expenses and co-pays. We want to make sure your coverage is not dropped just when you get sick and need it most. We want to eliminate caps on coverage, offer free preventive care and protect small businesses from the crushing costs of health care.

Despite all these positive changes that will benefit individual Americans, the debate surrounding health care threatens to get out of hand. False reports about what will be included in health care reform have taken on a life of their own. We need to strip away the rhetoric and dispel some of these rumors, many of which are meant to scare older Americans.

The most important thing for seniors to know is that health care reform will not diminish Medicare, the health care program those 65 and older have come to value. As we all know, Medicare provides older Americans with quality health care at a cost that is affordable.

Seniors are happy with Medicare. In fact, Medicare, a government-run program, boasts a satisfaction rate even higher than private insurance. The reform proposals to date are intended to strengthen Medicare, and will not make any significant changes to the way seniors receive their health care services.

As for the rumors out there about how health care will be drastically changed for the worse, you can rest assured: Health care reform will not limit choices, take away treatment options, ration care, eliminate private insurance, or tell you how or when to die. These things are not going to happen.

In the meantime, we hear you. We hear your needs and we hear your concerns. Your perspectives are invaluable, and we will continue to keep American families in mind as we work to complete a health reform package that starts to get costs under control, continues to provide high quality care, and begins to expand coverage to include most, if not all, Americans.

I tend to agree (he says it much better than I).  I especially like the part about the cost-benefit between America and other countries.  Really opens an eye.   The fact is, we are not going to lose choices, have reduced care or increased waits for care.  And while I don’t necessarily promote Michael Moore, Sicko made a few valid points; though I obviously don’t agree with him that all insurance companies should be abolished*.  If I can choose between putting $400+ per month into my company’s insurance plan or in taxes to a federal plan that probably has better benefits… well it seems like a no brainer, doesn’t it??

Anyhoo… that’s my two-cents. Thanks for listening, we now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Sammy… just say no to feckless spending!

Sammy,

Okay, if I carry a negative balance in my checkbook the bank does not let me write more checks…let alone buy a couple billion dollars worth of obsolete jets! I mean, c’mon Uncle, when’s the last time we engaged in real ariel combat (which these jets were designed for)?  Seriously, I don’t think the Chinese are going to dare us to a dogfight over the huge sums of money we owe them!  (They’ll just pwn us in business.)

How about this… how about NO.   We don’t have the cash, so no planes for US!  You already [over]spent your allowance! 

How about lifting the export restrictions and selling these things to our allies?  That would save the jobs at Lockheed and generate some cash for US (in the form of tariffs).  

How about put some cash into R&D and come up with something that doesn’t run $40G an hour to operate?!?

Hugs & Kisses,

A Taxpaying Citizen


Visit the Congress.org home page to see stories and documents from around the Web about the jet program.


Obama Repeats Threat to Veto Bill Over F-22 Jet
By CHRISTOPHER DREW
Published: July 14, 2009
The president pressed his campaign against spending $1.75 billion for seven F-22 jets as Democratic support for the plane increased.


The Outstanding Public Debt as of 21 Jul 2009 at 03:47:02 AM GMT is: $11,613,259,299,265.79
The estimated population of the United States is 306,585,943
so each citizen’s share of this debt is $37,879.29.