You've got to be optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one.
Michael Foot, who has died aged 96, was a supreme parliamentary democrat who used his great gifts as an inspiring speaker and writer to urge peace, security, prosperity and opportunity for humanity and punishment for bigots and bullies of every kind. His bravery and generosity were unsurpassed. He used both to ensure that the Labour party survived as a political force when self-indulgent factionalism could have doomed it to irrelevance.michael foot
A person is not a democrat thanks to his ignorance of literature and the arts, nor an elitist because he or she has cultivated them. The possession of knowledge makes for unjust power over others only if used for that very purpose: a physician or lawyer or clergyman can exploit or humiliate others, or he can be a humanitarian and a benefactor. In any case, it is absurd to conjure up behind anybody who exploits his educated status the existence of an "elite" scheming to oppress the rest of us.jacques barzun
We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with "the money touch," but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.theodore roosevelt
In former days, men sold themselves to the Devil to acquire magical powers. Nowadays they acquire those powers from science, and find themselves compelled to become devils. There is no hope for the world unless power can be tamed, and brought into the service, not of this or that group of fanatical tyrants, but of the whole human race, white and yellow and black, fascist and communist and democrat; for science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die.bertrand russell
As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways... socialism is a new form of slavery.Alexis de Tocqueville, "Notes for a Speech on Socialism" (1848)
God isregistered tovote for Hollywood as a Republican. However,Jesus Christ is a democrat from Santa Monica.1995 'God Lives in Hollywood', editorial on California's voter registration lists,12 Jul.
If Karl Rove is watching today, Karl, I want you to hear me loud and clear: I am going to provide tax cuts to ease the burdens for 31 million American families — and lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty — by raising the taxes on 0.1 percent of families — those who make more than $1,000,000 a year. You don't have to read my lips, I'm saying it. And if that makes me an 'old-style' democrat, then I accept that label with pride and I dare you to come after me for it.wesley clark
I regard every Social democrat as an enemy of the Empire and Fatherland.Speech (14 May 1889), quoted in Michael Balfour, The Kaiser and His Times (London: Penguin, 1975), p. 159.
Then the big white whale, Clinton . What about someone who is a war criminal, a taker of bribes from foreign dictatorships , almost certainly a rapist (plausibly accused, anyway, by three believable women, of rape), executed a black man (Ricky Ray Rector) who was so mentally retarded that he was unable to plead or to understand the charges You're against all that, right? But you're for it when it's someone who you think is a "New democrat".christopher hitchens
Nearly everyone who is unemployed votes "democrat." Nearly every immigrant, at least in the first generation, votes "democrat." Nearly every non-white American votes "democrat." The GOP know that so intellectually and financially bankrupt an administration should never have been re-elected – indeed, given the scale of electoral fraud practiced by the “Democrats,” he may not actually have been re-elected (always supposing that he had the constitutional right to hold the office of president in the first place).christopher monckton
Democrats don't get criticized for anything. I mean I could probably drive a woman off a bridge in a car, if I were a democrat, and get elected.Rush Limbaugh, referring to Ted Kennedy's political survival after the Chappaquiddick Incident, on The Rush Limbaugh Show (25 September 2009)
You've got to be optimist to be a democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one.Will Rogers, Good Gulf radio show (June 24, 1934), Radio Broadcasts of Will Rogers, ed. Steven K. Gragert (1983), p. 92
"A democrat who has infiltrated the Republican Party."— Harry Browne- Definition of "Neo-Conservative" 
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