quotations about Republicans
Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, attributed, Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era
The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong's moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt's evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.
GARRISON KEILLOR, "We're Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore", In These Times
Studies are showing that Republican candidates are buying a lot of their ad time on the Weather Channel. You can tell because last night, the weatherman blamed the cold front on immigration and gay marriage.
CONAN O'BRIEN, Conan, January 31, 2012
The Republican vision is clear: "I've got mine, the rest of you are on your own."
ELIZABETH WARREN, speech at Democratic National Convention, September 5, 2012
[Republicans] haven't just grown more ideologically conservative in recent years, they've also grown more procedurally radical. Again and again, they've decided that the system of formal and informal norms that make the government work can be discarded if it becomes inconvenient. Shut down the government? You bet! Filibuster every bill more consequential than the naming of National Earwax Awareness Week? Sure! Bring America to the brink of defaulting on its debt? Why not! And every incentive Republican members of Congress have pushes them to be more uncompromising, more reckless, and more pure in their opposition to anything and everything any Democrat wants.
PAUL WALDMAN, "The stalemate over the Supreme Court could get even worse than you think", Washington Post, February 15, 2016
Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues. Since they won't tell you themselves, I am going to tell you. They approve of the American farmer--but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor a minimum wage--the smaller the minimum the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them... They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.... They condemn "cruelly high prices"--but fight to the death every effort to bring them down. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.
HARRY TRUMAN, speech, October 13, 1948
Thanks to the Republican Party, slavery was soon abolished in the United States. Things are no different today. Republicans are still fighting against slavery, and Democrats are still doing everything they can to keep people enslaved.
MIKE JENSEN, "Republicans: Still Fighting Slavery", Canada Free Press, July 11, 2013
I have believed that in the Republican situation in Illinois, if we, the Republicans of this State, had made Judge Douglas our candidate for the Senate of the United States last year, and had elected him, there would today be no Republican party in this Union. I believe that the principles around which we have rallied and organized that party would live; they will live under all circumstances, while we will die. They would reproduce another party in the future. But in the meantime all the labor that has been done to build up the present Republican party would be entirely lost, and perhaps twenty years of time, before we would again have formed around that principle as solid, extensive, and formidable an organization as we have, standing shoulder to shoulder, tonight, in harmony and strength around the Republican banner.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech in Chicago, March 1, 1859
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
RONALD REAGAN, The Common Sense of an Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom, and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan
All right. So Republicans are outraged, outraged, about a brand new cause nobody even knew was a cause. They say we must protect the incandescent light bulb--how dare we try to save billions of dollars in energy cost?
RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, July 12, 2011
During the Republican debate, every time they mentioned Ronald Reagan, I ate a jelly bean. And now I have type 2 diabetes.
JIMMY KIMMEL, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, September 7, 2011
If the Republican Party had its own Mt. Rushmore, that mountain would have three faces: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. The goal of every Republican candidate should be to become the fourth face on that mountain.
JIM PAPA, "Republicans are dismantling their Mt. Rushmore", The Hill, February 15, 2016
However strange it seems, the Republican Party really is spinning off into a bizarro-cult who believe Barack Obama is a baby-killer plotting to build death panels for the grannies of America.
JOHANN HARI, attributed, "The Republican Party Is Turning Into a Cult", Huffington Post, August 18, 2009
The GOP needs to live the planks of its platform, not just offer lip service.
SARAH PALIN, interview, Newsmax, August 29, 2008
As a young boy, I didn't know a Republican from a Democrat, only in one way: If some man or bunch of men rode up to the ranch to sit or stay all night, and my Father set me to watching 'em all the time they was there -- what they did and what they carried off -- I learned they were Republicans.
WILL ROGERS, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like
Republicans sleep in twin beds--some even in separate rooms. That is why there are more Democrats.
WILL STANTON, Ladies' Home Journal, November 1962
Republican comes in the dictionary just after Reptile and just above Repugnant.
JULIA ROBERTS, statement as celebrity emcee at New York fundraising gala for Al Gore, September 14, 2000
For me, the most disturbing aspect of the Republican political culture is how it puts its unquenchable thirst for power, domination and a radical ideology above facts, reason and the truth.
AL GORE, fundraising letter, August 20, 2007
The Republicans ... are having a hard time getting their members to act as a unit instead of like a bunch of six-year-olds playing anarchist soccer; three teams, two goals, you decide.
RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, February 16, 2011
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it.
P.J. O'ROURKE, Holidays in Hell