Party Politics Quotes

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George Washington
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”
George Washington, George Washington's Farewell Address

George Washington
“The common and continual mischief's [sic] of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.”
George Washington, Washington's farewell address: delivered to Congress on September 19, 1796

Kent Marrero
“If the USA doesn't start learning how to put personal egos aside for the sustainability of a nation, then these "mighty" United States will be no better than the politically divided commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Where progress is slowed because each party thinks any idea from the other party must be stupid or without validity and Independence has become a distant dream squashed by corruption. I suggest politicians go back to kindergarten to learn the basics in decent humanity. The notions of sharing and respect obviously didn't stick the first time.”
Cristina Marrero

“These politicians and party members are unforgiving. They put you on a pedestal as long as you help them win. But if you fail, if you are the reason behind their defeat, they will drag you down in no time.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

Woodrow Wilson
“A politician, a man engaged in party contests, must be an opportunist. Let us give up saying that word as if it contained a slur. If you want to win in party action, I take it for granted that you want to lure the majority to your side. I never heard of any man in his senses who was fishing for a minority.”
Woodrow Wilson

Hannah Arendt
“It was characteristic of the rise of the Nazi movement in Germany and of the Communist movements in Europe after 1930 that they recruited their members from this mass of apparently indifferent people whom all other parties had given up as too apathetic or too stupid for their attention. The result was that the majority of their membership consisted of people who never before had appeared on the political scene. This permitted the introduction of entirely new methods into political propaganda, and indifference to the arguments of political opponents; these movements not only placed themselves outside and against the party system as a whole, they found a membership that had never been reached, never been "spoiled" by the party system. Therefore they did not need to refute opposing arguments and consistently preferred methods which ended in death rather than persuasion, which spelled terror rather than conviction. They presented disagreements as invariably originating in deep natural, social, or psychological sources beyond the control of the individual and therefore beyond the power of reason. This would have been a shortcoming only if they had sincerely entered into competition with other parties; it was not if they were sure of dealing with people who had reason to be equally hostile to all parties.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Steven Magee
“The Democratic Party of the USA would greatly appreciate your cooperation with re-installing Mr & Mrs Pinocchio into the White House.”
Steven Magee

Hannah Arendt
“The totalitarian movements aim at and succeed in organizing masses—not classes, like the old interest parties of the Continental nation-states; citizens with opinions about, and interests in, the handling of public affairs, like the parties of Anglo-Saxon countries. While all political groups depend upon proportionate strength, the totalitarian movements depend on the sheer force of numbers to such an extent that totalitarian regimes seem impossible, even under otherwise favorable circumstances, in countries with relatively small populations. After the first World War, a deeply antidemocratic, prodictatorial wave of semitotalitarian and totalitarian movements swept Europe; Fascist movements spread from Italy to nearly all Central and Eastern European countries (the Czech part of Czechoslovakia was one of the notable exceptions); yet even Mussolini, who was so fond of the term "totalitarian state," did not attempt to establish a full-fledged totalitarian regime and contented himself with dictatorship and one-party rule. Similar nontotalitarian dictatorships sprang up in prewar Rumania, Poland, the Baltic states, Hungary, Portugal and Franco Spain. The Nazis, who had an unfailing instinct for such differences, used to comment contemptuously on the shortcomings of their Fascist allies while their genuine admiration for the Bolshevik regime in Russia (and the Communist Party in Germany) was matched and checked only by their contempt for Eastern European races.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Ahmed Sofa
“সকলের দৃষ্টির অজান্তে এখানে একের অধিক হনন কারখানা বসেছে, কারা এন্তেজাম করে বসিয়েছেন সকলে বিশদ জানে। কিন্তু কেউ প্রকাশ করে না। ফুটন্ত গোলাপের মতো তাজা টগবগে তরুণেরা শিক্ষক হিসেবে বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ে ঢোকার পর হনন কারখানার ধারেকাছে বাস করতে করতে নিজেরাই বুঝতে পারেন না কখন যে তাঁরা হনন কারখানার কারিগরদের ইয়ার দোস্তে পরিণত হয়েছেন। তাই জাতির বিবেক বলে কথিত মহান শিক্ষকদের কারো কারো মুখমন্ডলের জলছবিতে খুনি খুনি ভাবটা যদি জেগে থাকে তাতে আঁতকে উঠার কোন কারণ নেই। এটা পরিবেশের প্রভাব। তুখোড় শীতের সময় সুঠাম শরীরের অধিকারী মানুষের হাত-পা গুলোও তো ফেটে যায়।”
Ahmed Sofa, গাভী বিত্তান্ত

“We are torn to pieces by parties and animosities. For my part I see no end to them.”
Anne Somerset, Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

“It is the nature of different tribes to wage war against each other, Party politics is simply a form of tribalism.”
Marty Rubin

“[T]here cannot be a more certain symptom of the approaching ruin of a State than when a firm adherence to party is fixed upon as the only test of merit, and all the qualifications requisite to a right discharge of every employment, are reduced to that single standard.”
Edward Wortley Montagu, Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks: Adapted to the Present State of Great Britain

“On paper, the people now choose the party nominees for president. And yet, the process seems to have come full circle. [back to party bosses choosing] Voters theoretically get to pick the candidates, but in practice they rarely get the opportunity. In most cases, the contest is over in a few weeks after a burst of activity in a handful of states. How did the reform movement [late 60s, early 70s] get so far away from the plan? The answer is that there was no single plan, nor a single entity hat could craft a system to meet the original intent of the reformers. [To democratize the process]”
Roger Lawrence Butler

Jason Versey
“It is the pursuit and attainment of political party power that divides and defines a nation. Not race, not religion, not national origin, not color, not gender, not socioeconomic status, nor sexual orientation, no these are all just sacrificial pawns of the political arena. If you want to know where common sense goes to die and where tribalism goes to be born, look no further than party politics.”
Jason Versey, A Walk with Prudence

Lawrence O'Donnell
“Most politicians are more frustrated by the way their own party disappoints them than the way the other party opposes them. They expect opposition from the opposing party. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Dealing with that opposition is a full-time job, and they expect to have the support of their own party in that eternal struggle. But when their own party turns against them, disagrees with them, or just goes off in another direction, they feel unsupported by their party and sometimes betrayed.”
Lawrence O'Donnell, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Abhijit Naskar
“The problem with creating a political party is that, by the time you finish creating it, you forget why you created it in the first place. Then slogans replace action and manifestos replace motion. So, forget parties and take action to solve the issues of your society. Come together for a common cause, seek out a leader of merit and character, then act together. And when enough regions of a nation have enough non-partisan, acting leaders of merit and character, the entire democracy of that nation is bound to turn meritocratic. Then only will we witness the rise of true democracy - a democracy free from political authoritarianism - a democracy of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Humans Unite: Making A World Without Borders

Abhijit Naskar
“Come together for a common cause, seek out a leader of merit and character, then act together. And when enough regions of a nation have enough non-partisan, acting leaders of merit and character, the entire democracy of that nation is bound to turn meritocratic.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Humans Unite: Making A World Without Borders

William F. Weld
“If a party stands for nothing but reelection it indeed stands for nothing.”
William F. Weld

C.S. Lewis
“A political programme can never in reality be more than probably right. We never know all the facts about the present and we can only guess the future. To attach to a party programme--whose highest real claim is to reasonable prudence--a sort of assent which we should reserve for demonstrable theorems, is a kind of intoxication.”
C. S. Lewis

Patricia Roberts-Miller
“Partisans will try to appeal to the notion that political arguments are really about which group is better in order to dismiss criticism of their group. We might think that we can refute criticism by pointing out that 'the other party does the same thing too.' But whether the other party does it too is relevant only if we're arguing about which party is better, not which policies are better.”
Patricia Roberts-Miller, Demagoguery and Democracy

Abhijit Naskar
“I don't fathom the red and blue, You can't make a rainbow with two colors.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“Reformation is not a matter of brainless partisanism, it is a matter of nonpartisan and hearty collectivism.”
Abhijit Naskar, Giants in Jeans: 100 Sonnets of United Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“Giants in Jeans Sonnet 76

In the old days tribal chiefs used to fool people,
With talks of tribal honor and heritage.
Today's chiefs in suits manipulate modern tribals,
With talks of national security and lineage.
When our ancestors behaved as tribals,
It is acceptable for they didn't know better.
But when we identify as civilized yet act tribal,
It is but a degrading stain upon our honor.
Though all politicians are not savages,
Paradigm of modern politics thrives on division.
So make not the dreadful mistake to think,
That politicians are gonna bring peace and elevation.
It is a world of citizens, citizens are its lifeblood.
You and I are its caretakers, not some elected vanguard.”
Abhijit Naskar, Giants in Jeans: 100 Sonnets of United Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“Politics doesn’t mean affairs of the people, it is but a telenovela of sectarian histrionics.”
Abhijit Naskar, Giants in Jeans: 100 Sonnets of United Earth