"You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to." . . . . . . Molly Ivins

"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 they get elected and prove it."
--P.J. O'Rourke

Pieced and applique quilt, Mary Baxter, 1898, New Jersey

"If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates."
--Jay Leno

"There are times in politics when you must 
be on the right side and lose."
--John Kenneth Galbraith

An American Portrait, Sally Smith, 1986, Mississippi

"In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one, and hounded another out of office.  And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character."  
--P.J. O'Rourke

 Historic U.S.A., Fanny and Charles Normann, 1936, Texas

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies."
--Groucho Marx

Pieced and applique quilt, Martha Hewitt, 1855, Michigan

"Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans.  It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.  But then, we elected them."
--Lily Tomlin

Pieced, applique and block-printed quilt, 1852, New Jersey or Pennsylvania

"Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory."
--John Kenneth Galbraith

"A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year.  And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
--Winston Churchill

Putnam Valley Quilt, designed by Gladys Boalt, 1976, New York

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

Liberty Flight, Dawn E. Amos, 1985-86, South Dakota

Personally, I think I would have most liked to vote 
for Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry.   The other day I was watching The Andy Griffith Show and as Opie was leaving for school, Andy said to him:  

"Do a good day's work and act like somebody."

Now THAT'S a platform.


Judy said...

Great post. Strong words and beautiful images.
Next election I'm going to give my vote to the candidate who focuses on his/her own platform instead of the opponent's supposedly endless misdeeds. I'm so tired of smear campaigns. It was especially bad in California this time.

Karen S said...

So funny -- so true -- so sad.

Regarding the quote from Galbraith about a short memory being admirable -- maybe in politics, but the public's short memory is a huge problem. That's one reason why nasty campaign commercials are so effective. It was bad here in WI too.

I've done a good day's work today -- now I'm off to be someone.

Leenie said...

Amazing quilts....very amazing as a matter of fact. It is sort of sad that the quotes are funny but too true.

Allie said...

Ah the Groucho quote is my favorite. I can't stand politicians - although I like politics - I equate them with celebrities, who I firmly believe are mentally ill.

Amelia and Justin said...

You forgot my favorite political quote:
"Politics is the perfect word to describe the people we send to Washington. 'Poli' stemming from the word that means 'many' and 'tics' - blood sucking creatures."


Amanda and Christopher said...

"If 'con' is the opposite of 'pro' then 'congress' is the opposite of 'progress'"

susan m hinckley said...

Who knew the Cannon girls were such a font of political wisdom? Your mom and dad must be proud.

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