Clarke For America

Politics is not about power.
Politics is not about money.
Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.
Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.
It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and in our world.
Politics is about doing well for people.

            ~ Paul Wellstone


We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient- that we are only six percent of the world's population- that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind- that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity- and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every problem.

            ~ John F. Kennedy


Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.  War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

            ~ James Madison


The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.

            ~ John C. Calhoun


If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

            ~ Lyndon B. Johnson


However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

            ~ Winston Churchill


Experts are just trained dogs.

            ~ Albert Einstein


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

            ~ Alexander Hamilton


No political party has exclusive patent rights on prosperity.

            ~ Franklin Roosevelt


A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

            ~ Bob Dylan


When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

            ~ George Washington Carver


To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

            ~ Confucius


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

            ~ Abraham Lincoln


We cannot solve today's problems using the mindset that created them.

            ~ Albert Einstein


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

            ~ Calvin Coolidge


Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

            ~ Alan Alda


Education: That which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

            ~ Mark Twain


The longer the title, the less important the job.

            ~ George McGovern


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

            ~ Martin Luther King Jr.


It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.

            ~ Thomas Jefferson


Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

            ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


Those who do not know the plans of competitors cannot prepare alliances. Those who do not know the lay of the land cannot maneuver their forces. Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground.

            ~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War


If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

            ~ Aristotle


The legitimate object of a government is to do for a community of people what ever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do for themselves in their separate and individual capacities.

            ~ Abraham Lincoln


We hold the power and bear the responsibility.

            ~ Abraham Lincoln


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

            ~ George Bernard Shaw


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

            ~ Margaret Mead


One cannot say that all conservatives are stupid people, one can say that most stupid people are conservative.

            ~ John Stewart Mill


I see in the near future a crises approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country....corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic in destroyed

            ~ Abraham Lincoln
                   Nov. 21, 1864


Can a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so? All poets believe it does. And in ages of imagination, such firm persuasions have moved mountains.

            ~ William Blake


We who have a Voice must be a Voice for the Voiceless!

            ~ Oscar Romero


I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and justice for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.

            ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Fighting crime by building more jails is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries.

            ~ Paul Kelly, New Party representative (Little Rock, AR)


A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

            ~ James Madison


They can do all because they think they can.

            ~ Virgil


Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

            ~ Plato


Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

            ~ Plato


No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.

            ~ Plato


If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

            ~ James Madison


The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.

            ~ James Madison