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
"I don't want to be a great leader. I would rather be a good democrat."josé luis rodríguez zapatero
If you're a social democrat, then you think it's cool to pay taxes. For me, tax is the finest expression for what politics really is.mona sahlin
To-day a democrat of the old school would demand, not freedom for the press, but freedom from the press; but mean-time the leaders have changed themselves into parvenus who have to secure their position vis-a-vis the masses.oswald spengler
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)
I am a free man, an American, a United States Senator, and a democrat, in that order.lyndon b. johnson
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.
I will pick up a large percentage of votes on both sides (Republican and democrat) and those in the middle.scott ashjian
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
The only time you'll see me as a democrat is when I play Sophia. In the real world I'm a Republican from head to toe.estelle getty
In choosing a president, we really don't choose a Republican or democrat, a conservative or liberal. We choose a leader.rudy giuliani
Why can't a democrat get fired up about protecting the environment and enacting gun control legislation just as right wing republicans get fired up about making sure that children have access to assault weapons and banning 'The catcher in the rye' and 'Harry Potter'?moby
I am not a member of any organized party — I am a democrat.will rogers
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.
The nation needs more leaders similar to Feingold - a democrat in the Wisconsin Progressive Party tradition - who don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk.russ feingold
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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