Folksy Quotes

(From February)

                I thought it might be fun to hear some quotes from speakers who really capture the imagination of large segments of the American public.  Obviously, their directness and glib wit makes them excellent contenders for the presidency.

                Here are some great quotes:

If you can’t stand a little sacrifice and you can’t stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we’re never going to straighten this country out.

A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, and a weak economy leads to a weak nation.

If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snakes.

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.

Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.

There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read.

Which one of the… candidates would you want your daughter to marry?

                And who was this silver-tongued orator?  H. Ross Perot, the two-time, third party independent candidate for president.

                Perot did better than most third-party candidates, but never seriously contended for the presidency.  He was kind of like the Dr. Phil of politics.  Here are some of Dr. Phil McGraw’s quotes:

You don’t need a pack of wild horses to learn how to make a sandwich.

You don’t need a rope to pinch a stranger’s butt.

It’s hard to see your own face without a mirror.

I think you’re running into a lot of trouble if your idea of foreplay is, ‘Brace yourself honey, here I come!’

I’m not a politician.

                So, what have we learned today?  I’d say… nothing, other than that Ross Perot and Dr. Phil are both from Texas, as is former CBS News anchor Dan Rather:

Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.

I’d much rather wear out than rust out.

“…but again that’s like if a frog had side pockets he’d probably wear a handgun.

Never eat spinach just before going on the air.

This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex.

Their so-called samples of opinion are no more accurate or reliable than my grandmother’s big toe was when it came to predicting the weather.

It’s an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas – including this one.

And now the sequence of events, in no particular order.

I wish they could all be president at the same time!


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