Election Day Bonus Post

For those of you who don’t like me talking about politics (Shawn), go ahead and skip this one.

First of all, despite some reservations, I’m voting for Obama.  Because Scott Adams told me to.

Here in California, there are twelve ballot initiatives to vote on.  (Surprisingly, not a record number.)  I find Prop 8 the most confusing:

“Do you want to allow gays to marry?”


“Then vote no!”


And Gavin Newsom has got to be kicking himself over his choice of words.  First of all, telling Americans something will happen “whether you like it or not” virtually guarantees they won’t like it.  Worse, when you hear it out of context in a radio ad, he sounds deranged.  Actually, he sounds like he’s engaged in gay sex at the time of the quote.

Okay, enough of that nonsense.  You don’t care what I think about politics anyway.  On to…


Here’s some famous political quotes. See if you can guess who said them. (Answers to follow the closing of the polls.)

  1. Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others.
    Mark Twain
    Winston Churchill
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Ronald Reagan
  2. I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
    William F. Buckley, Jr.
    John Adams
    Aldous Huxley
    Franklin Roosevelt
  3. Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
    Margaret Thatcher
    Karl Marx
    George Orwell
  4. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
    Karl Marx
    Joseph Stalin
    Vladimir Lenin
    Boris Spassky
  5. Humor is reason gone mad.
    Groucho Marx
    James Stockdale
    John Lennon
    Bobby Fischer
  6. The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    John Locke
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    Immanuel Kant
  7. Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
    Sun Tzu
  8. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
    Albert Einstein
    Mark Twain
    Thomas Jefferson
  9. A politician looks forward only to the next election. A statesman looks forward to the next generation.
    Thomas Jefferson
    George Washington
    Nikita Krushchev
    Nelson Mandella
  10. Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.
    Bill Clinton
    John F. Kennedy
    Ronald Reagan
    George Bush Sr.
  11. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
    John F. Kennedy
    Thurgood Marshall
    P.J. O’Rourke
    Noam Chomsky
  12. A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.
    Adlai Stevenson
    Mohandas Gandhi
    Hillary Clinton
    Dan Quayle
  13. Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Robert Kennedy
    Abraham Lincoln
    Jean-Jacques Rousseu
  14. The layman’s constitutional view is that what he likes is constitutional and that which he doesn’t like is unconstitutional.
    Hugo Black
    William Rehnquist
    Sandra Day O’Connor
    Antonin Scalia
  15. The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
    Herny Ward Beecher
    C. S. Lewis
    Benjamin Franklin
    Ayn Rand

Bonus Quiz!
Name the five members of the Simpsons’ family. Now name the five rights guaranteed by the first amendment. Now try to justify why your vote should count as much as mine.

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5 Responses

  1. “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of it, or abridging freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”

    memorizing that was my first assignment in my journalism 101 course.

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