Jimmy Carter - President
The New Godfather of Appeasement -- 1979 - Allowed the Shah of Iran to Fall...1979 - Did nothing when U.S. Embassy personnel were taken as hostages...1994 - Got taken in by N. Korea by promising aid and money in exchange for an end to the N. Korea nuclear program per the 'Agreed Framework'...Post 9/11-Consistently has critized President Bush, The War on Terror, and the United States while overseas
Ramsey Clark - Attorney General - Johnson Administration
Defended Mohammad Daoud al-Owhali, a student of Osama bin Laden, who guided a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998…founded International A.N.S.W.E.R. along with leaders of the Workers World Party in the 1990's…Urged insurrection and mutiny of our soldiers while a war was raging in Kosovo with our troops…Ramsey's close association with Saddam Hussein, enabled news anchor Dan Rather to get his big puff-piece interview…on the brink of war with Iraq, we find that Saddam's pen pal Ramsey Clark wrote a letter to Kofi Annan, secretary general of the U.N., accusing America of war crimes…defended PLO leaders in the suit brought by the family of Leon Klinghoffer in the matter of his murder…Ramsey Clark represented the bombers in the first Trade Center bombing in 1993, a group that included the blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman…defended Slobodan Milosovic calling him 'brave, objective and moral. There's a lot more…google him
Madeline Albright-Sec. of State-Clinton Administration
1994 - "Co-architect along with Jimmy Carter of the failed Agreed Framework with North Korea which called upon 'Pyongyang to freeze operation and construction of nuclear reactors suspected of being part of a covert nuclear weapons program in exchange for two proliferation-resistant nuclear power reactors. The agreement also called upon the United States to supply North Korea with fuel oil pending construction of the reactors"
Sen. John Kerry (D)- Testimony heard by the Committee on Foreign Relations, April 1971
"I would like to talk, representing all those veterans, and say that several months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command....They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
Sen. John Kerry (D)
"I voted for the $87 billion, before I voted against it"
Sen. Dick Durbin (D)
Described our interrogation practices at Gitmo as akin to something that 'happened by the Nazis, Soviets in their Gulags, or some madman regime like Pol Pot.'
Howard Dean (Chairman DNC) (D)
"The capture of Saddam is a good thing which I hope very much will keep our soldiers in Iraq and around the world safer, but the capture of Saddam has not made America safer"
Rep. John Murtha (D)
"The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home"
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D)
"Each day our presence creates new terrorists. As commander-in-chief, I will take a new plan to the U.N. to bring in U.N. peacekeepers and bring our troops home. Unfortunately, even Howard Dean says we have to keep our troops there for years. Sounds like another Vietnam. Let's not fall into that trap again"
"Let us find a way to resist fundamentalism that leads to violence — fundamentalism of all kinds, in al Qaeda and within our government. And what is our fundamentalism? Cloaked in patriotism and our doctrine of spreading democracy throughout the world, our fundamentalism is business, the unfettered spread of our economic interests throughout the globe. Our resistance to this war should be our resistance to profit at the cost of human life"
"I don’t know if people value the thought of revolution any more. I think it would be an enormously patriotic movement to invest in the possibility of revolution...I think that people like the Howard Sterns, the Bill O'Reillys and to a lesser degree the bin Ladens of the world are making a horrible contribution [to society]. I'd like to trade O'Reilly for bin Laden. [O'Reilly] is a grumpy, self-loathing joke"
"The lie that brought us into war was that Iraq was a threat to us....It was an attempt at a corporate takeover. This was about oil. It wasn't about human rights. It's not about human rights....It is the Bush/Cheney cartel's fault....Team Bush is more radically corrupt than Richard Nixon ever tried to be....It is, in fact, a conspiracy of the 43rd Reich"
"We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man who's sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts...We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you"
"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution -- Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 8, 2006"
The Dixie Chics
"Just so you know, we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas"
"Radical Christianity is just as dangerous as Radical Islam...The View"
"European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States"
"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win"
" 'I admire President Chávez for his strength to resist the United States...[and for]supporting life and peace.' Sheehan also noted that singer and activist Harry Belafonte recently called Bush 'the greatest terrorist in the world,' and said, 'I agree with him. George Bush is responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent people.' -- Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 29, 2006"
Funded by George Soros...re: the Democratic Party - 'We paid for it...we own it'
Another one of George Soros' failed anti-U.S. Al Franken vanity projects...declared bankruptcy Fri Oct.13, 2006
"Nixon was impeached for far less than George W. Bush is guilty of ...the impeachment of these criminals, and their defeat by the people. And we have a chance to do it. Cindy Sheehan and Hurricane Katrina -- Cindy Sheehan and Hurricane Katrina have changed the political landscape here in the United States of America."
Ward Churchill - Professor" Colorado University - From his essay 'Some People Push Back'
Noam Chomsky-lite...'To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.' - From his essay 'Some People Push Back'
"Pinch" Sulzburger (Publisher-NY Times)
Pinch was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, 'the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life.' If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, 'I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country'
Bill Keller (Exec. Ed.-NY Times)
Greenlighted articles exposing NSA wiretapping surveillance, crippled the classified surveillance program involving international banking records, and exposed the CIA rendition program
Howard Zinn ("Professor" of History)
One of the patron saints of the 'Blame America First' crowd...darling of the left...author of the white guilt-laden 'Peoples History of the United States'
Noam Chomsky ("Professor" M.I.T.)
Another of the patron saints of the 'Blame America First' crowd...darling of the left...Jewish Holocaust denier, anti-Isreal, vehemently anti-semitic, never met a tyrant or terrorist he didn't feel compassion for...and Hugo Chavez's favorite author
Communists..."At the center of Code Pink is legendary leftist organizer Medea Benjamin, the 50-year-old mother of two widely credited as a chief organizing force behind the 1999 Seattle riots in which 50,000 protesters did millions of dollars worth of property damage in their effort to shut down meetings of the World Trade Organization. Naturally, they’ve toned their Marxist rhetoric down for their stint with Code Pink. Though they’ve taken great pains to differentiate themselves from the other, more radical anti-war protesters, they are one and the same. The leaders of Code Pink didn’t merely take part in the Washington and San Francisco protests that made international headlines – they also organized them. In the process, they’ve provided a rare public glimpse of the faces behind the modern, highly organized American Marxist movement." - Jean Pearce FrontPageMagazine.com | March 26, 2003
President Bill Clinton (D)
'If Saddam Hussein fails to comply, and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route which gives him yet more opportunities to develop his program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow. Some day, some way, I guarantee you, he'll use the arsenal., February 18, 1998 Speaking at the Pentagon'
Sens. Tom Daschle & John Kerry (D)
'[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.' -- From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998'
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
"Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement."- November 8, 2002
Gen. Wesley Clark (D)
"There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat... Yes, he has chemical and biological weapons. He's had those for a long time. But the United States right now is on a very much different defensive posture than we were before September 11th of 2001... He is, as far as we know, actively pursuing nuclear capabilities, though he doesn't have nuclear warheads yet. If he were to acquire nuclear weapons, I think our friends in the region would face greatly increased risks as would we."-September 26, 2002
Sen. Robert Byrd (D)
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons, but has not yet achieved nuclear capability."-October 2002
Sen. Tom Harkin (D)
"Whereas Iraq has consistently breached its cease-fire agreement between Iraq and the United States, entered into on March 3, 1991, by failing to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction program, and refusing to permit monitoring and verification by United Nations inspections; Whereas Iraq has developed weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological capabilities, and has made positive progress toward developing nuclear weapons capabilities." -- From a joint resolution submitted by Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter on July 18, 2002
"When Bill O'Reilly was a guest on his show Letterman admitted to O'Reilly that he never watches The Factor but said 'I have the feeling that 60% of what you say is crap.' That argument wouldn't pass muster in the most basic Journalism 101 class...then again, considering the level of journalism today, it just might."
Sen. Ted Kennedy/Hillary Clinton
"Voted against Detainee Interrogation Bill which passed the Senate 56-34. The House of Representatives passed almost identical legislation on Wednesday by 253-168. There is no question that the rush to pass this bill, which is the product of secret negotiations with the White House, is about serving a political agenda,' - Sen. Edward Kennedy - Sept 29, 2006"
Lynne Stewart - Civil Rights Activist and "Lawyer"
"Convicted of helping terrorists by smuggling messages of violence from Sheikh Rahman -- a radical Egyptian sheik and mastermind of the first World Trade Center attack -- to his terrorist disciples on the outside.'"
Ted Turner -- Founder CNN
"Ted's just not sure who's side he's on in the War on Islamic Fascists. Said Ted on Oct.8, 2006, 'Our president said it very clearly. He said 'either you're with us, or you're against us.' And I had a problem with that because I really hadn't made my mind up yet.' -- National Press Club, Oct. 8 2006"
Lynne Stewart - Civil Rights Activist and "Lawyer"
"The September 11 terrorist attacks on America were an 'armed struggle' like Hiroshima and Dresden. I have a lot of trouble figuring out why that is wrong, especially when people are placed in a position of having no other way...I don't have any problem with Mao or Stalin or the Vietnamese leaders or certainly Fidel locking up people they see as dangerous. Because so often, dissidence has been used by the greater powers to undermine a people's revolution...I don’t believe in anarchistic violence, but in directed violence. That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism, and sexism, and the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions, and accompanied by popular support...To rid ourselves of the entrenched, voracious type of capitalism that is in this country that perpetuates sexism and racism, I don't think that can come nonviolently."
Sens. Patrick Leahy, Christopher Dodd (D), and Chuck Hagel (R)
"'[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.' -- From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998' "
Sen. John Kerry (D)
"If there is not unfettered, unrestricted, unlimited access per the U.N. resolution for inspections, and UNSCOM cannot in our judgment appropriately perform its functions, then we obviously reserve the rights to press that case internationally and to do what we need to do as a nation in order to be able to enforce those rights. Saddam Hussein has already used these weapons and has made it clear that he has the intent to continue to try, by virtue of his duplicity and secrecy, to continue to do so. That is a threat to the stability of the Middle East. It is a threat with respect to the potential of terrorist activities on a global basis. It is a threat even to regions near but not exactly in the Middle East. - February 23, 1998"
Sen. Tom Daschle (Ret.)
"Look, we have exhausted virtually our diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and with international law. Given that, what other option is there but to force them to do so?' That's what they're saying. This is the key question. And the answer is we don't have another option. We have got to force them to comply, and we are doing so militarily. - Oct. 1998"
President Bill Clinton
"Iraq repeatedly made false declarations about the weapons that it had left in its possession after the Gulf War. When UNSCOM would then uncover evidence that gave the lie to those declarations, Iraq would simply amend the reports. For example, Iraq revised its nuclear declarations four times within just 14 months and it has submitted six different biological warfare declarations, each of which has been rejected by UNSCOM. In 1995, Hussein Kamal, Saddam's son-in-law, and chief organizer of Iraq's weapons-of-mass-destruction program, defected to Jordan. He revealed that Iraq was continuing to conceal weapons and missiles and the capacity to build many more. Then and only then did Iraq admit to developing numbers of weapons in significant quantities and weapon stocks. Previously, it had vehemently denied the very thing it just simply admitted once Saddam Hussein's son-in-law defected to Jordan and told the truth. Now listen to this: What did it admit? It admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability--notably 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs. And might I say, UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production. We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st century. They will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein., February 18, 1998 Speaking at the Pentagon"
"Leiberman [sic] cannot escape the religious bond he represents. Hell, his wife's name is Haggadah or Muffeletta or Diaspora or something you eat at Passover. -- Posted on HuffingtonPost.com"
"As everybody knows, Jews ONLY care about the welfare of other Jews. We might better ignore all that Jewish propaganda about participating in the civil rights movement.-- Posted on Daily Kos.com"
Lanny Davis -- Former Counsel to President Clinton
"I came to believe that we liberals couldn't possibly be so intolerant and hateful, because our ideology was famous for ACLU-type commitments to free speech, dissent and, especially, tolerance for those who differed with us. Now in the closing days of the Lieberman primary campaign, I have reluctantly concluded that I was wrong. -- Written in the Wall St. Journal after the Lieberman primary loss"
Sen. John Kerry (D)
"Education...if you make the most of it, you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well...if you don't you get stuck in Iraq. -- On the campaign trail, Oct. 30, 2006"
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D)
"On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked, 'Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers [Abu Ghraib] still be open?' Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management. -- May 2004"
"Since his 1969 exposé of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, which is widely believed to have helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War, Seymour Hersh has broken news about the secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia, covert C.I.A. attempts to overthrow Chilean president Salvador Allende, and, more recently, the first details about American soldiers abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Speaking in Montreal he said 'In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.' November 1, 2006"
"In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation. It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.' November 1, 2006"
Nancy Pelosi (D) House Speaker Elect
"This isn't a war to win but a situation to be solved...You can define winning any way you want but you must solve the problem.' November 8, 2006 to Brit Hume"
"Don't fear the terrorists, they are mothers and fathers...The View"
Rep. Charlie Rangel
"I want to make it abundantly clear: if there's anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment. If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq."
Senate Armed Services Committee
"All Democrats with the assistance of Rep. Chuck Hagel (R) voted for the non-binding resolution against the troop surge -- January 24, 2007"
"For his latest literary atrocity 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid' published in Nov. 2006 -- 14 Carter Center Board Members resigned in protest"
Sen. John Kerry (D)
"As reported by the Pakistan Daily Times, speaking to an international audience in Davos, Switzerland Kerry blasted the United States by calling it '...a sort of international pariah.' He also criticized what he called the 'unfortunate habit' of Americans to see the world 'exclusively through an American lens.'"
"I can imagine some post-9/11 moment, when the American people say enough already with the wars against terrorism and those in the national security establishment feel these same frustrations. In my little parable, those in leadership positions shake their heads that the people don't get it, that they don't understand that the threat from terrorism, while difficult to defeat, demands commitment and sacrifice and is very real because it is so shadowy, that the very survival of the United States is at stake. Those Hoover's and Nixon's will use these kids in uniform as their soldiers. If I weren't the United States, I'd say the story end with a military coup where those in the know, and those with fire in their bellies, save the nation from the people. But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work. - The Wahington Post 1/30/07"
"America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process. There is nothing unpatriotic about demanding accountability from the president. Those responsible for taking America into this needless war should do us all a favor and retire from public office. -- Feb. 2, 2007 Page Six"
"During his first press conference as a presidential candidate at Iowa State University, Obama, discussing his opposition to the Iraq war, said the war 'should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we've now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.' -- On the campaign trail, Feb 12, 2007"
"Well I would argue there is a lack of freedom in America…I do remember, not too long ago, some people getting fired from their jobs because they spoke up on how they felt about the war. I would compare those to [re: lack of freedom for rappers in Cuba and lack of freedom for rappers in the United States] the fact that these rappers have to show their lyrics to government officials before they perform to somebody on a television show speaking up on the war and losing their job. I wanna make out with you right now. - Feb, 13, 2007 -- CNN Interview"
"U.S. Rep. John Murtha, a leading congressional opponent of the war in Iraq, on Thursday said his plans for placing conditions on how President George W. Bush can spend $93.4 billion in new combat funds would effectively stop an American troop buildup.'They won’t be able to continue. They won’t be able to do the deployment. They won’t have the equipment, they don’t have the training and they won’t be able to do the work. There’s no question in my mind.--Prior to the House Non-binding Resolution vote, Feb. 15, 2007"
"Joy Behar lashed out calling the American people 'to really wake up and understand that they [the Bush administration] are liars and they are murderers'. Token non-liberal Elisabeth Hasselbeck tried to insert some common sense and stated that 'some fringe liberals are taking this to a place to where we’re losing sight on the issue here.' Behar, who had just called the Bush administration, 'liars and murderers' adamantly denied she's a 'fringe liberal' and said it’s 'name calling.' - Feb. 28, 2007 -- The View"
"Right after announcing for President John McCain said 'Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives over there'.-- On the David Letterman Show, Feb 27, 2007"
"I think the man [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] has been under custody in secret CIA torture prisons and Guantanamo Bay where torture is accepted and allowed – and he finally is the guy who admits to doing everything. They finally found the guy, it's not that guy bin Laden, it's this guy they've had since March 2003. And look, this is the picture they release of him. Doesn't he look healthy? [The photo of an unkempt Mohammed, however, was taken upon his arrest four years ago.] O'Donnell defended Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s 'humanity', remarking terrorists aren’t treated like 'humans' but instead “treated like animals.” O'Donnell then argued terrorists are people too, and asserted the U.S. 'robs them of their humanity.' Re: the CIA: 'They've been treating them like animals … they have hoods over their heads, they torture them on a daily basis'. [The CIA does not run Gitmo] Suggesting the U.S. is looking for a scapegoat, O'Donnell said of Mohammed, 'for whatever he did or didn't do, he is not the be all, end all of terrorism in America. And our government has not found the answer in this one man.'...The View"
"For producing, writing and directing 'Farenheit 911'"
"George W. Bush has 'become our country's and our Constitution's most devastating enemy. You and your smarmy pundits -- and the smarmy pundits you have in your pocket -- can take your war and shove it. Let's unite not only in stopping this war, but in holding this administration accountable. Let's make this crystal clear: We do support our troops, but not the exploitation of them and their families. The money that's spent on this war would be better spent on building levees in New Orleans and health care in Africa and care for our veterans. Iraq is not our toilet. It's a country of human beings whose lives that were once oppressed by Saddam are now in Dante's Inferno. -- Town Hall Meeting, Oakland, March 24, 2007"
House Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D)
"We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace' -- At her meeting with Syrian Dictator Assad for 'talks' during a time of war -- Apr. 3, 2007"
Rep. Tom Lantos (D)
"We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy, I view my job as beginning with restoring overseas credibility and respect for the U.S. -- Damascus, Syria--Apr 3, 2007"
Sen. Harry Reid (D)
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday"
Charles Gibson/Brian Ross
"For revealing, on the evening news, latest U.S. efforts to topple the Iran regime' -- ABC News, May 22, 2007"
John Edwards (D)
"The war on terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan. It has damaged our alliances and weakened our standing in the world. By framing this as a 'war,' we have walked straight into the trap that the terrorists have set -- that we are engaged in some kind of clash of civilizations and a war against Islam. - Third Democratic Debate - June 4, 2007"
Sen. John Kerry (D)
"We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance… I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life. - On the Campaign Trail 2004"
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D)
"Re: On Killing Bin Laden: I don't think that a president of the United States who believes in peace and who wants to create peace in the world is going to be using assassination as a tool, because when you do that, it comes back at your country - Third Democratic Debate - June 4, 2007"
Michael T. Eckhart -- President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
"For writing a threatening letter to Marlo Lewis, senior fellow of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) who dared to question the validity of global warming -'It is my intention to destroy your career as a liar. If you produce one more editorial against climate change, I will launch a campaign against your professional integrity. I will call you a liar and charlatan to the Harvard community of which you and I are members. I will call you out as a man who has been bought by Corporate America. Go ahead, guy. Take me on.' -- July 13, 2007 - reported in the Washington Times July 27, 2007"
Sen. Barak Obama
"We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.'-- On the campaign trail, Nashua, N.H. August 13, 2007"
Sen. Chuck Schumer
"Let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge -- not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from Al-Qaeda said to these tribes, 'We have to fight Al-Qaeda ourselves.' It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here. And that is because there was no one else there protecting them.' -- September 5, 2007"
Sen. Hillary Clinton
"The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief," -- September 11, 2007"
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
"'After praising Syria following a meeting in Damascus with President Bashar Assad, Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich declared he will not visit troops in Iraq during his Middle East tour because he considers the American military presence in Iraq to be illegal. 'I feel the United States is engaging in an illegal occupation ... I don't want to bless that occupation with my presence.'-- At his meeting with Syrian Dictator Assad for 'talks' during a time of war"
"For inviting Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University. Bollinger described the event as part of Columbia's 'long-standing tradition of serving as a major forum for robust debate'"
Rep. Pete Stark
"You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement. -- Oct. 18, 2007"
House Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D)
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that Iraq 'is a failure, the [surge] has not produced the desired effect. The purpose of the surge was to create a secure time for the government of Iraq to make the political change to bring reconciliation to Iraq, They have not done that. The gains have not produced the desired effect, which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure. The troops have succeeded, God bless them. We owe them the greatest debt of gratitude for their sacrifice, their patriotism, and for their courage and to their families as well.' Feb 9, 2008 to Wolf Blitzer"
Berlekey Ca. City Council
"The Berkeley City Council voted 6-3, with Gordon Wozniak, Betty Olds and Kriss Worthington dissenting, to tell the Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station 'is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders'. In a separate item, the council voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m. ' Jan. 30, 2008"
"For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback. -- on the campaign trail in Milwaukee, Feb 18, 2008"
"Communist and leftist activist...was photographed doing the little Jihad two-step with the Palestinians holding a machine gun over her head in 1977 for a film entitled 'The Palestinians'...never met a Communist butcher she didn’t adore, and never encountered an act of Western self-defense she wasn’t prepared to denounce....anti-Semitic...America Hater"
Reverend" Jeremiah Wright
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller
"McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 3,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they (the missiles) get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues - April 8, 2008"
"We'll have eight degrees -- we'll be eight degrees hotter in 10 -- not 10, but in 30 or 40 years. And basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died, and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state like Somalia or Sudan, and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad, there will be no more corn growing. It will -- not doing it is suicide. Just like dropping bombs on each other, nuclear weapons, is suicide. So, we've got to stop doing the two suicidal things, which are hanging on to our nuclear weapons, and then after that we've got to stabilize the population."
"I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough. -- September 11, 2001"
"I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that. - April, 2008"
"For conducting illegal foreign policy and kissing up to the various members of Hamas in Damascus, Syria, Egypt and the Gaza Strip -- March 2008"
"Mr. Bush, at long last, has it not dawned on you that the America you have no created includes 'cold-blooded killers who will kill people to achieve their political objectives?' They are those in, or formerly in, your employ, who may yet be charged some day with war crimes." read the entire screed
"The one thing we fail to talk about is those costs that you don't see on the bottom line. That is coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick; it's global warming. It's ruining our country, it's ruining our world. We've got to stop using fossil fuel. - June 29, 2008"
Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.)
"I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president. - June 29, 2008, Face The Nation"
Sen. Chuck Schumer
"For sending the letters to the FDIC warning of IndyMac's financial problems and thereby causing a run on the bank causing the bank to fail. -- July 11, 2008"
House Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D)
"I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet, I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy...When asked why she wouldn't allow a vote on offshore oil drilling -- July 20, 2008"
Rep. Steve Cohen D. Tenn
"Obama was a community organizer, like Jesus, who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor. -- September 9, 2008"
Sen. Barack Obama
"This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. -- just after he won the sufficient number of delegates to secure the nomination -- June 03, 2008"
Sen. Barack Obama
"...just to take a, sort of a realist perspective...there’s a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you’ve got World War II, you’ve got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home -- 2001 Interview on NPR's WBEZ"
Sen. Barack Obama
"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it, more and more for fulfilling the American dream.' the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed, 'It's not that I want to punish your success,' Obama responded. 'I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. -- On the Campaign Trail talking to Joe The Plumber"
"I'm a radical, Leftist, small 'c' communist, -- Mr. Ayers said in an interview in Ron Chepesiuk's 'Sixties Radicals' at about the same time Mr. Ayers was forming the Chicago Annenburg Challenge."
"I am as much an Anarchist as I am a Marxist. -- 2000 interview with NPR's WBEZ"
"I felt this thrill going up my leg - Feb 13, 2008 listening to an Obama speech"
"I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work. - Nov. 5, 2008 post election swoon"
"It's a real problem because you know they used to have President sworn in in March and they moved it up to January, but now we got, I think we got too much time between elections and taking over. - Nov 18, 2008 Tonight Show on NBC"
"[In response to the Mumbai attack]...if we do not appease and actually recruit the help of this Muslim world, we’re going to have a problem on our hands. And we cannot go after the wrong people, as we did after 9/11, because then the whole collateral damage that occurs actually aggravates the situation. - CNN Interview Nov 26, 2008"
Sen. Harry Reid (D)
"RE: The Capitol Visitor Center opening years behind schedule and millions over budget -- My staff has always said, 'Don't say this,' but I'm going to say it again because it's so descriptive because it's true. In the summertime, because (of) the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. And that may be descriptive but it's true. Well, that is no longer going to be necessary. -- Dec. 3, 2008"
Barack Obama (D)
"In a time of recession and, after admonishing us not to 'drive our suv's or set our thermostsats as high as we want' Obama and family charter a Boeing 767 to Hawaii and rent a property valued at $9,000,000-- Christmas 2008"
"Barr blasted Israel for its recent attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, calling Israel a 'Nazi state' bent on torturing 'the Jewish soul.' 'The destruction of the Jews in Israel has been assured with this inhuman attack on civilians in Gaza. Exactly as its Nazi mentors did to the Jews of Warsaw, Israel now bombs innocent civilians who have been imprisoned in concentration camps in Gaza! The Zionists look German! The Palestinians look like the Jews of Poland! The Jewish people have destroyed themselves in Gaza.This is what the pro-life, right wing, neo con, evangelical, Zionist, Bible-banging Americans really mean when they say: 'America is a Christian nation,' or when they say: 'Israel must defend itself,' or when they say: 'The Bible is the Word of God.' - Jan 2, 2009, from her Blog"
"Obama has gone to the gym, for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row. He always has treated exercise less as recreation than requirement, but his devotion has intensified during the past few months. Between workouts during his Hawaii vacation this week, he was photographed looking like the paradigm of a new kind of presidential fitness, one geared less toward preventing heart attacks than winning swimsuit competitions. The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games. - December 25, 2008 -- The Washington Post"
Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann
"I love many people, but the Jewish people are definitely among the prople I love most in the world...Most of my very dearest friends are Jewish People [some of my best friends are Jews]. Somebody gave me from the internet this picture with some Rabbis from an Orthodox community in Jerusalem. Is it a fake? Is it - I don't know...So are they going to say they hate the Jewish People? All dictataorships including Hitler claim that those who criticize us hated the Nazis, all dictators do the same, and so also here. the Palestinians...are they not Semites?' - January 8, 2009: News briefing on the situation in Gaza"
"I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers...I have nothing against white male construction workers. I’m just saying that there are a lot of other people who have needs as well...Criteria can be set so that the money does go to others, the long term unemployed minorities, women, people who are not necessarily construction workers or high-skilled professionals.' - January 7, 2009: Testifying to congress"
"I'm very impressed with his amazing ability...he was at his best intellectually. What a mind he has, and I love his ability to do it on television. I love to think with him. - Feb. 9, 2009 Matthew's fair and balanced analysis on MSNBC after Obama's faux press conference"
Sen. John Kerry (D)- Testimony heard by the Committee on Foreign Relations, April 1971
"I've supported many tax cuts over the years, and there are tax cuts in this proposal. But a tax cut is non-targeted. If you put a tax cut into the hands of a business or family, there's no guarantee that they're going to invest that or invest it in America. They're free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest. So frankly, you know, the difference between $50 billion on this bill or $100 billion -- let's get it moving. That is not going to make the difference to the economy.' - Feb 10 2009: regarding the porky stimulus package"
Sen. Chuck Schumer
"AND LET ME SAY THIS TO ALL OF THE CHATTERING CLASS THAT SO MUCH FOCUSES ON THOSE LITTLE, TINY, YES, PORKY AMENDMENTS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REALLY DON'T CARE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CARE FAR MORE THAT THERE'S A PROPOSAL IN THE BILL, THIS ONE I PUSHED, THAT GIVES A $2,500 CREDIT TO FAMILIES WHO PAY TUITION TO PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE. GREAT RELIEF. THEY CARE FAR MORE ABOUT THAT THAN ABOUT SOME SMALL PROVISION IN THE BILL THAT SHOULDN'T BE THERE. BECAUSE THE TAX RELIEF FROM TUITION COSTS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET MEANS FAR MORE TO THEM. THEY CARE MORE ABOUT A PROVISION THAT KEEPS THE TEACHERS IN THEIR SCHOOLS.' - Feb 11 2009: regarding the porky stimulus package"
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. If we're going to ever make progress, we're going to have to have the guts, we have to have the determination, to be honest with each other. It also means we have to be able to accept criticism where that is justified. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and, given our nation's history, this is in some ways understandable... If we are to make progress in this area, we must feel comfortable enough with one another and tolerant enough of each other to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.- Feb 18, 2009"
Barack Obama (D)
"What I am looking for is not the day-to-day gyrations of the stock market, but the long-term. The stock market is sort of like a tracking poll in politics. It bobs up and down every day. If you spend your time worrying about that, you're probably going to get the long-term strategy wrong. -- March 2, 2009"
Barack Obama (D)
"In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. -- April 2, 2009 at the G20 Summit"
Sen. Chuck Schumer
"The world has changed. The old Reagan philosophy which served them well politically from 1980 to about 2004 and 2006 is over. But the hard right which still believes when the federal government moves, chop off its hands, still believes that, you know, traditional values kind of arguments and strong foreign policy, all that is over. I think President Obama has a pretty smart strategy. He is going to talk bipartisanship to the American people. But realizes until the Republican grassroots pushes their people over, if that ever happens, we are not going get change in the House or Senate. -- Apr 9, 2009, On the Rachel Maddow Show"
"This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks. -- Garofalo and the Tea Parties on the Olbermann Show"
"Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We're seen too often as the bad guys. And he – he has a very different job from – Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God. He's going to bring all different sides together...Obama is trying to sort of tamper everything down. He doesn't even use the word terror. He uses extremism. He's all about let us reason together...He's the teacher. He is going to say, ‘now, children, stop fighting and quarreling with each other.’ And he has a kind of a moral authority that he – he can – he can do that. - June 5, 2009 -- On Hardball Talking about Obama's Cairo Speech"
"Reverend" Jeremiah Wright
"Them Jews aren't going to let him [Obama] talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel. -- Jun 9, 2009"
"It is very distressing to me. I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been raked against your people. I come to the American school which was educating your children, by my own country. I see it's been deliberately destroyed by bombs from F16s made in my country and delivered to the Israelis. I feel partially responsible for this — as (do) most all Americans and Israelis [speak for yourself Jimmuh]. Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens of Gaza are treated more like animals than human beings -- Gaza Strip June 16, 2009"
Barack Obama (D)
"Now, make no mistake: This change did not come from any one nation. The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful. -- In Moscow while giving away our nuclear advantage"
Barack Obama (D)
"Look, the first thing for all of us to understand that is we actually have some -- some choices to make about how we want to deal with our own end-of-life care, we as a culture and as a society [can start] to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves, at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller. -- June 25, 2009 on ABC"
Barack Obama (D)
"The most important thing we can do right now on end of life care is to make sure we are empowering everybody to make decisions for themselves right now about how they want deal with the end of life and encourage people to look at hospices as a legitimate option..."
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
"For telling Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford that he should be proud that what he is saying to her is part of the Congressional Record- July 16, 2009"
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
"For telling a General to: 'Could you say senator instead of Ma'am, it's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title- June 17, 2009"
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (D)
"RE: Roe V. Wade: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. -- July 12, 2009 NY Times Interview"
"Barack's now the last brother... - August 27, 2009 -- On Hardball Talking about Ted Kennedy's passing"
Barack Obama (D)
"For endless apology tours, for bowing to the Saudi King, for selling out Eastern Europe and Israel, for appeasing Iran, for waffling on Afghanistan...and we are only 10 months into the Usurper's administration"
Barack Obama (D)
"We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel, and we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements -- At the UN Sept 23, 2009"
Barack Obama (D)
"I'm not interested in victory, I'm interested in solving the problem -- At the G20 Summitt regarding Irans Qom nuclear facility -- Sept 24, 2009"
"It seems like in this case there isn’t a lot of excitement. I watched those cadets, they were young kids, men and women who are committed to serving their country professionally, it must be said, as officers, but I didn’t see much excitement. But among the older people there I saw, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn’t see a lot of warmth on that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case. I mean, that’s where Paul Wolfowitz used to write speeches for, back in the old Bush days. That’s where he went to rabble rouse the whole 'we’re going to democratize the world' campaign, back in ‘02. So I thought it was a strange venue. - Dec 1, 2009 "
"[There was] 'no single piece of intelligence — no smoking gun if you will — that said Mr. Abdulmutallab was going to carry out this attack'. -- Jan. 3 2010"
"Obama, in his first public comments on the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit, described the suspect as 'an isolated extremist,' despite reports that the 23-year-old Nigerian had been trained in Yemen. -- Dec. 29, 2009"
"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that 'the system worked.'-- Dec. 27, 2009"
"I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant, and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president. -- Spring of 2005"
"The tea-baggers are an interesting group to watch. They're not far right. They're probably center-right, in fact some centrists. But they're generally, I think, Republican voters. Right? Is that fair to say? They vote Republican? And they're monochromatic right? Meaning they're all white. All of them, every single one of them is white. Yeah well what's that about? -- Describing the Tea Party Movement -- Jan. 5 2010 Hardball"
"Well, to reach back to one of our heroes from the past, from the '60s, Saul Alinsky once said that even though both sides have flaws in their arguments and you can always find something nuanced about your own side you don't like and it's never perfect, you have to act in the end like there's simple black and white clarity between your side and the other side or you don't get anything done. I always try to remind myself of Saul Alinsky when I get confused. -- Matthews to Bernie Sanders on Hardball December 22, 2009"
"He's driving his truck around the commonwealth and he says that he gets you, that he fights for you, that he'll be an independent voice. And I don't know him, he may be a perfectly nice guy. I don't know his record, but I don't know whether he's been fighting for you up until now. Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck. I'd think long and hard about getting in that truck with Martha's opponent. It might not take you where you want to go.... -- Putting down Scott brown and his truck at a Martha Coakley Rally -- Jan 17, 2010"
"I was trying to think about who he was tonight. It's interesting: he is post-racial, by all appearances. I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and passed so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about. I was watching, I said, wait a minute, he's an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here he is president of the United States and we've completely forgotten that tonight - completely forgotten it. I think it was in the scope of his discussion. It was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don't think in terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard. A very subtle fact. It's so hard to talk about. Maybe I shouldn't talk about it, but I am. I thought it was profound that way. -- On watching Obama give the State of the Union Address -- Jan. 27 2010 Hardball"
"Frankly, how some of you went after this bill, you would think that this thing was a Bolshevik plot. --Upbraiding Republicans for not supporting Obamacare -- Jan 29, 2010"
"Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies. We are hypnotised by the media. Who do you know here who's gone through 14 of the most transparent elections on the globe, and has been elected democratically, as Hugo Chávez?"-- Bill Maher on HBO, March 10, 2010
"Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today? 3/6/10, Time Magazine"
Rep. John Dingle (D)
"Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people. -- Referring to ObamaCare in an interview with Detroit WJR News/Talk 760 host Paul W. Smith - 3/22/10"
"Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself. -- Sept 2008, The Monthly Review"
"There is no real answer but to remove, brick by brick, the entire capitalist system iself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles. -- Feb 2009, The Monthly Review"
"We need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda, regulate it, minimize it and perhaps even eliminate it. -- August 2009, The Monthly Review"
"Workers of the world unite...It's not just a slogan anymore, it's the way we're going have to do our work. We're trying to use the power of persuasion, and if that doesn't work we'll use the persuasion of power. -- Bill Moyers interview on PBS, June 15, 2007"
"We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely. -- at the American Association for the Advancement of Science"
"Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military. -- April 14, 2010"
"We celebrate the principles that are timeless, tenets first declared by men of property and wealth but which gave rise to what Lincoln called a new birth of freedom in America - civil rights and voting rights, worker's rights and women's rights, and the rights of every American. -- July 4, 2010"
Sen. John Kerry (D)-
"We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening. We are in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don't weigh in. It's all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics. -- Fall Mid-Terms 2010"
Ezra Klein (D)-
"The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done. The new rules require every bill name its constitutional authority in the bill's text and what I want to point out about that is that bills don't normally do that now. -- on Norah O'Donnell MSNBC's Daily Rundown, December 30th, 2010"
Nina Totenburg (D)-
"These agencies, including the Defense Department, don't know how much money they've got and for what. And I was at a (snickers) -- you'll forgive the expression -- a Christmas party at the Department of Justice, and people were actually really worried about this. -- Nina Totenburg on Inside Washington December 20, 2010"
House Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D)
"CNSNews.com: Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate? Pelosi: Are you serious? Are you serious? -- During the ObamaCare debate"
Ex-Congressman Phil Hare (D)
"Congressman Phil Hare: I don't worry about the Constitution because I've studied the Commerce Clause and I'm confident we'll win in court. When pressed, he flatly says he doesn't know which part of the Constitution justifies the law, which is his way of saying he doesn't care and hasn't thought about it. In fact, the best he can do by way of legal authority is to cite life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - which of course comes from the Declaration of Independence. His response, when corrected? Congressman Phil Hare: Doesn't matter to me. Either one. Questioner: [regarding obamacare] Where in the Constitution? Congressman Phil Hare: I don't worry about the Constitution to be honest with you. Questioner: Jackpot brother! Congressman Phil Hare: Oh, you know what I care more about, I care more about the people who are dying everyday who don't have healthcare. Questioner: You care more about that than the US Constitution? Congressman Phil Hare: I believe it says we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Audience Member: That's the Declaration of Independence. Congressman Phil Hare: That doesn't matter to me! Either one.... -- At a TownHall During the ObamaCare debate"
Congressman Pete Stark (D)
"I think that there are very few constitutional limits that would prevent the federal government from rules that could affect your private life. The basis for that would be how would it affect other people. After the questioner asks what possible constitutional limits there are, then, if Obamacare can pass constitutional muster, Stark replies: The federal government yes, can do most anything in this country. -- At a TownHall During the ObamaCare debate"
"You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we'll be there to watch. I think he's Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?"
"They say it's a government takeover of health care a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That's the same kind of thing, blood libel. That's the same kind of thing -- On the House floor, Jan 2010"
"There's nothing in the Constitution that says that the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. How about [you] show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this -- to Judge Andrew Napolitano, Sept 2009"
"Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected. -- June 13, 2011"
The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. -- May 19, 2011"
"I'm not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell. -- Inglewood CA, August 20, 2011"
"I’m saying right now, under (CBC) Chairman Emanuel Cleaver’s leadership, we have seen change in Congress ... but the tea party is stopping that change. And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we’re seeing, of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree. -- Aug. 22 CBC Job Tour, Miami"
Dr. Deborah Nucatola Senior Director of Medical Research-Planned Parenthood (D)
We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, I'm not going to crush that part
Mary Gatter Medical Director-Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley, Ca
Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.