and now there are none.
These quotes are attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (late 1800’s) but might well serve us today. I've changed a few of them but I don't think that Ben would mind)
To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder.
John Boehner has not a single redeeming defect. (I’ve substituted John Boehner for William Gladstone)
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay. (a lesson Obama and his administration have yet to learn)
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.
The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. (what the Republicans want to do with the current “debt crisis” in order to replay today’s events during Obama’s presidential campaign)
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? (another lesson Obama hasn’t learned)
If Obama fell into the Potomac, that would be a misfortune, and if anyone pulled him out, that, I suppose, would be a calamity. (I’ve substituted Obama for Gladstone and Potomac for Thames)
Life is too short to be small. (yet another lesson Obama missed)
On the education of the people of this country the fate of the country depends. (never truer, never more readily ignored)
If you are not very clever you should be conciliatory. (this lesson, sadly, Obama has learned all too well)
Great countries are those that produce great people. (and where are ours?)
There is no gambling like politics. (the two parties are now betting the country)
We moralise among ruins. (the ruins are all around us)
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
That fatal drollery called a representative government. (the U.S. government now represents the rich)
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable, for in politics there is no honour.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
I repeat that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people, and for the people all springs, and all must exist. (few, if any, of the current crop of politicians understand this or, if they do, they ignore it)
Success is the child of audacity.