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Bromides for a political season July 16, 2010

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.

When all else fails, and you have nothing original to say, you reach for the bromides.

Let’s look at Webster’s definition of bromide:

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (as potassium bromide) used as sedatives
2 a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore b : a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion

I’ll go with 2b…and become 2a.

“Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.”
Ronald Reagan

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”
Ronald Reagan

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Abraham Lincoln

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
Samuel Adams

“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”
Andrew Jackson

“Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.”
William Howard Taft

“Advertising is the life of trade.”
Calvin Coolidge

“Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”
Calvin Coolidge

“Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”
Richard M. Nixon

“I have learned the difference between a cactus and a caucus. On a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.”
Mo Udall

“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”
Ulysses S. Grant

“I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of “work,” because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don’t always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.”
Andy Warhol

“There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.”
Fiorello LaGuardia

“Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn’t have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?”
Richard J. Daley

“I don’t fight the suburban areas or collar counties. I get along with them; they’re former Chicagoans anyway.”
Richard M. Daley

“During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he’s too busy wondering what he’ll do if he isn’t elected.”
Everett Dirksen

I could go on, but I would continue to devolve into 2a. So, I’ll leave it at that for now.



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