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Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.  ~Richard Armour

Politicians are like diapers.  They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.  ~Author Unknown

I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts.  After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough.  ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.  ~Charles de Gaulle

Politicians are the same all over.  They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river.  ~Nikita Khrushchev

Truth is not determined by majority vote.  ~Doug Gwyn

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.  ~Ernest Benn

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
they get elected and prove it.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

I offer my opponents a bargain:  if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.  ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares
itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.  ~Charles Krauthammer

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government.  ~Cissy Farenthold

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.  ~Author Unknown

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.  ~Charles de Gaulle

Politicians say they're beefing up our economy.  Most don't know beef from pork.  ~Harold Lowman

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom.  ~Plato, The Republic

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.  The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary,1911

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.  ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964

Politics - I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together.  ~Sean O'Casey

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.  ~George Jean Nathan

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.  ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.  ~George Will
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Lee Iacocca Asks, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?":

'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos
steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of
getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course..'

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America , not the darn, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq , the  Middle East  is burning and nobody seems to know what to
do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had
enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of
leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when
you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a  strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's
where we stand.

We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving.

We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country.

We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.

Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble.

Our borders are like sieves.

The middle class is being squeezed every which way.

These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?' Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage,
conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the  point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Dumbing Down America
Odds say you won't read this link  ... it's too long.  Some of us can only think in twitter now.  Others can only regurgitate what our slanted favorite news station tells us.  Thanks
Adam Parker for sending this!

Radical Centrism

Washington Post
By Matt Miller, Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's striking that both liberals and conservatives are convinced nowadays of the imminent demise of the other side's governing philosophy. The left says the shocking toll of BP's
recklessness and Wall Street's greed proves the folly of deregulation and unfettered markets. The right looks at Greece, Europe's welfare strains, and Britain's stunning new
austerity budget and shouts with similar fervor that bloated government is on borrowed time.
The fascinating thing is that both groups are correct about the obsolescence of the other side's key premises, yet blind to the staleness of their own. What partisans on neither
side seem to sense is that events are poised to consign many traditional priorities of both conservatives and liberals to the ash heap.

You'd never know this from the phony way public life is conducted. While independents are America's largest voting bloc, the left and right retain a stranglehold on the debate.
Only the shrill prevail. On TV, talk radio or the campaign trail, it's almost impossible to hear the kind of common sense that takes us beyond the usual partisan tropes.  
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Links to "How to Fix Our Broken Government:"

If Voters Want A Revolution (click here)

How The British Do It (click here)

Letter: Counter racism with action, not guilt                                                         Linda Ketner     May 9 2015

We white people may feel that we are not culpable for the unprovoked murder of Walter Scott and other African Americans by
police. That we’re not personally at fault that blacks receive more jail time for the same offenses as whites; or that a white man who
has been to jail is more likely to get a job than a black man who hasn’t.

White people may not be to blame that although the federal government keeps statistics on everything from the number of pigs on
U.S. farms to shark attacks, they do not keep records on police shootings. Rather they allow law enforcement agencies to self-
report, and only 4 percent elect to do so. Not our fault.

But although we white people are not personally culpable, we are responsible. Responsibility isn’t the same as culpability. And we
either accept responsibility for finding solutions to racism; or, we are colluding with its perpetuation through inaction. If we continue
to believe that only victims of racism can talk about and affect it, we aren’t taking responsibility for our role in it.

So, as white people, where do we start?

First, by speaking up. Speaking up each and every time we hear or see racism — but we can’t stop there. We also need to start
conversations about racism — in schools, at work, at places of worship, book clubs, business lunches, neighborhood association
meetings, on social media, talk radio, in every aspect of our lives.

Next, we need to educate ourselves and our children to the history and sociology of institutional and structural racism. Some say
we need to just let go of the past — let go of the history. But the roots of current injustices are in the soil of an over 300-year-old
history of racism. We need to understand the soil to understand the fruit of that soil.

In terms of educating ourselves on the sociology of racism, in the United States whites have the vast majority of power in schools,
corporations, courts, government, media and more.

Whites may be prejudiced against people of color and people of color may be prejudiced against whites, but the key difference is
that whites have institutional power to control resources and the rights of people of color, which impacts their possibilities. People
of color don’t have similar power. Or, as Chris Rock said, “I love being famous. It’s almost like being white.”

Other things we white people can do are join the YWCA, NAACP, Black Lives Matter, Charleston Area Justice Ministry, the Urban
League, donate to an African American candidate for office, give to the International African American Museum.

We can demonstrate. We can write letters to the editor and lobby government for body cameras, citizen review boards, excellence
and equity in education, mandatory reporting of all police shootings. Above all, we need to act. White guilt is worthless but white
action is not.

African Americans should not shoulder the burden of eliminating a system which often underestimates, thwarts, sometimes unfairly
criminalizes and yes, even too often takes, black lives. Black lives do most certainly matter.