In U.S. politics, ‘compassion’ means giving money and privileges to well organized interest groups at everyone else’s expense.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
POLITICS, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.
In our age, there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.
It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Davy Crockett had to shoot Santa Anna’s men. It was the right thing to do. Everybody knows that Davy Crockett was doing the right thing. But he wouldn’t get the Hispanic vote.
It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality.
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.