The genius of our founders is that they designed a system of government that can be changed. And we should take heart, because we’ve changed this country before. ~Barack Obama, Announcement for President, 2007 Feb 10, Springfield, Illinois
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. HumphreyTSCA
But another thing I know is this – we can’t steer ourselves out of this crisis by heading in the same, disastrous direction. We can’t change direction with a new driver who wants to follow the same old map. And that’s what this election is all about. ~Barack Obama, 2008 Sep 18, Espanola, New Mexico
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. ~Sydney J. Harris
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton FishQSO
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.
It’s not enough just to change parties in this election. If we hope to truly transform this country, we have to change our politics too. It’s time to turn the page. ~Barack Obama, 2007 Jun 19, Washington, D.C.
What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it. ~Hubert H. HumphreyTSCA
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke, SermonWLBUQ
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949LCD
America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, CrowdsMCTO
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~Barack Obama, 2008 Feb 05, Chicago, Illinois
I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it. ~Alexander Woollcott
Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life. ~James GarfieldTSCA
A budget is more than just a series of numbers on a page; it is an embodiment of our values. ~Barack Obama, American Legion Legislative Rally, 2005 Mar 01
Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. ~Franklin D. RooseveltCUL
Mankind will never see an end of trouble until… lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power… become lovers of wisdom. ~Plato, The RepublicWLBUQ
We can’t afford to be so worried about losing the next election that we lose the battles we owe to the next generation. The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result. And that’s a risk we can’t take. ~Barack Obama, 2007 Dec 27, Des Moines, Iowa
My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America. ~Val Saintsbury
He loves his country best who strives to make it best. ~Robert G. IngersollTSCA
Democracy is like a raft: It won’t sink, but you will always have your feet wet. ~Russell B. LongCUL
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government. ~John Gardner
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars. ~Barack Obama, 2002 Oct 02, Chicago, Illinois