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Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops

"Republicans want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops; it's easier to get away with murder."

Their number is negligible and they are stupid

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are [a] few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

November 8, 1954

I don't always need to know what I am fighting for when it is clear what I am fighting against

"I don't always need to know what I am fighting for when it is clear what I am fighting against."

Homage to Catalonia

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse.

Politics and governing demand compromise

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds

"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated.

History’s Condemnation

“Once as President, I thought and said that birth control was not the business of our federal government. The facts changed my mind … Governments must act … Failure would limit the expectations of future generations to abject poverty and suffering and bring down upon us history’s condemnation.”

let's talk about gay people and abortion

"Unemployment is down, confidence is up, DOW 5,000 above Bush - or as Republicans put it, let's talk about gay people and abortion!"

Goldwater: Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means

"Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all."

It's hard to argue against cynics

It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side