Pundit Wire

October 2012

October 1, 2012

“The French president and I cooperate well — that does not mean it cancels out the conflicts of interest that we have had over the last 50 or 60 years but what counts for me is the atmosphere in which we find solutions.”

-Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, in a speech September 26, 2012

October 2, 2012

“When politicians lie with reckless abandon, when business leaders treat dishonesty as slick strategy, they guarantee not only their own downfall but the collapse of the society that they claim to lead.”

-Rev. Tom Ehrich, Religious News Service Commentary, September 25, 2012

October 3, 2012

“A wise man once said, ‘Every one of us is given the gift of life, and what a strange gift it is. If it is preserved jealously and selfishly, it impoverishes and saddens. But if it is spent for others, it enriches and beautifies.’ My fellow Americans: We can debate policies and programs, but in the end what separates the two parties in this election campaign is whether we use the gift of life for others or only ourselves.”

-Geraldine Ferraro, Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention, July 19, 1984

October 4, 2012

“If you’re now the front runner, you’ve gotta expect that everybody’s gonna come at you from a hundred different angles. When they get done, are you still standing?”

–GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, on running for office, as reported in Newsweek, Dec. 19, 2011

October 5, 2012

“You can drive yourself crazy trying to peer into a person’s soul–or you can do the sensible thing: ask not what inner motives drive a politician’s policy choices but instead whether those choices are good for the country.”

-Columnist Paul Begala, Newsweek, July 2 & 9, 2012

October 6, 2012

“The best clue to what a person thinks is what he says.”

-Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, The New Yorker, Oct. 31, 2005

October 7, 2012

“If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about.”

-Jim Robbins, New York Times, July 14, 2012

October 8, 2012

“America is the land where dreams can come true for all of us.”

-Geraldine Ferraro, Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention, July 19, 1984

October 9, 2012

“I don’t think either party has a lot of leverage, they both seem to think they have a lot, but both desperately want the limit to go up.”

-Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), on raising the debt limit, answering questions at a constituent lunch in Geneva, NY, June 28, 2011

October 10, 2012

“Fanatical voices tend to get heard the most, and they squelch or silence those that are looking for a way to come together. But peace work is done at a micro level, one to one.”

-Rabbi Peter H. Schweitzer, of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2011

October 11, 2012

“The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as ‘Communists’ or ‘Fascists’ by their opponents. Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.”

-Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience speech to Congress, June 1, 1950

October 12, 2012

“For the past several years, I’ve been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, need to find an appropriately high-minded approach to life’s exit ramp.”

-Joe Klein, Time magazine, April 2, 2009

October 13, 2012

“While America’s military strength is important, let me add here that I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.”

-Ronald Reagan, Remarks at the Annual Convention of the the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983

October 14, 2012

“I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get.”

-Christiane Amanpour, on foreign correspondence, keynote speech at the New Edward R. Murrow Awards Ceremony, Sept. 13, 2000

October 15, 2012

“For three decades, Senator Arlen Specter served the people of Pennsylvania with independence, toughness, determination and an unflinching devotion to the best interests of his constituents and our country. From the committee room to the Senate chamber, Senator Specter offered a voice of reason and passion in every debate – always willing to reach across the aisle and work across party lines to get the job done, regardless of political gamesmanship or gain.”

-Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Press Release October 14, 2012, on the death of former Senator Arlen Specter

October 16, 2012

“Campaign promises are—by long democratic tradition—the least binding form of human commitment.”

-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in Republican Party v. White, 2002

October 17, 2012

“The way to really create justice for workers in America is to create job growth.”

-Thomas Stemberg, Founder of Staples, on Up With Chris Hayes, October 14, 2012

October 18, 2012

“Systems don’t change easily. Systems try to maintain themselves, and seek equilibrium. To change a system, you need to shake it up, disrupt the equilibrium. That often requires conflict.”

-Starhawk, Pagan activist and writer, in her 2003 book, Toward an Activist Spirituality

October 19, 2012

“The drug war has nothing to do with making communities livable or creating a decent future for black kids. On the contrary, prohibition is directly responsible for the power of crack dealers to terrorize whole neighborhoods. And every cent spent on the cops, investigators, bureaucrats, courts, jails, weapons, and tests required to feed the drug-war machine is a cent not spent on reversing the social policies that have destroyed the cities, nourished racism, and laid the groundwork for crack culture.”

-Ellen Willis, “Hell No, I Won’t Go: End the War on Drugs”, The Village Voice, September 19, 1989

October 20, 2012

“We taxpayers find ourselves shouldering the burdens of the nation while wealthy special interests are able to avoid paying taxes, shifting their fair share, plus many of the costs of their own businesses, such as environmental cleanup, onto working people. This goes quite beyond taxation without representation, for the problem is not so much that our interests are being neglected, but that our interests are being squarely attacked and damaged while we subsidize our attackers. It is un-American in all its aspects.”

-Doris “Granny D” Haddock, from a speech given at a Campaign Finacnce Reform Rally in Harrisburg, PA on March 13, 2000

October 21, 2012

“Most people in business and most people who are successful are Republican. That’s just a fact of life.”

-Bill Daley, White House Chief-of-Staff to President Barack Obama, Quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, April 26, 2012

October 22, 2012

“Above all, being a Democrat means having compassion for others… It means standing up for people who have been kept down…”

-George McGovern, in his 2011 book, “What It Means to Be a Democrat”

October 23, 2012

“The key variable in determining whether a ‘win is a win’ is expectations. If a candidate does well where he is not supposed to do well, that’s a win. If he doesn’t do well where he’s supposed to do well, that’s a loss. Meanwhile, delegates are won and lost. That’s the rock solid number that will determine the nominee. That is the only number that matters, and yet sometimes it seems it doesn’t matter at all.”

-John Dickerson, Slate, March 2, 2012

October 24, 2012

“People who want to wage cultural wars ought to keep in mind that cultural views often don’t move at all for a very long time, but when they move they can move very fast.”

-David Frum, Politico, December 18, 2010

October 25, 2012

“A defense budget in decline portends an America in decline.”

-Congressman Howard McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, as reported by George F. Will, Op-Ed Columnist, The Washington Post, Feb. 13, 2011

October 26, 2012

“Senators today are shying away from casting controversial votes on the proposition of any single vote can lead to their defeat.”

-Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), The Hill, Dec. 23, 2010

October 27, 2012

“The more we live in public, the more we need to develop some sort of mercy for those who briefly let the dark parts of themselves slip out, particularly when they’re truly sorry afterward.”

-Journalist Michelle Goldberg, The Daily Beast, Feb. 17, 2011

October 28, 2012

“Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.”

-Author Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, published in 2007

October 29, 2012

“Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander in chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”

-Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Gen. Colin Powell

October 30, 2012

“There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.”

-Ayn Rand, philosopher, Philosophy: Who Needs It, 1982

October 31, 2012

“America 2012: The Learning Channel has HoneyBooBoo, History Channel has PawnStars, and the Science Channel has PumpkinChunkin”

-Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, October 11, 2012 on Twitter