Humorous Quotes from
The Autobiography of Barry Goldwater
- I have other objections to today's Capitol Hill but none stronger than the sheer size of congressional staffs and support agencies. This balloon is
likely to be filled with more hot air as staffs and agencies increase.
- I was shocked at the senators' action because not one knows which end of the plane goes down the runway first. (On Pat Moynihan and Alfonse D'Amato trying to push the US Air Force into buying a jet trainer aircraft that they didn't want)
- I once paraphrased Mark Twain on the Senate floor-there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
- The conscience of the House once became so pained that members actually passed a resolution saying, "Your Congress is not a crook."
- I could be very impatient in private. In fact, I've been known to blow my top like an oil gusher.
- Politics wouldn't be politics without a fight. However, I've always said
that to disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
- Do not spend much money on a tombstone. I may want to get up sometime and come back. A heavy stone might hinder me. ~ Morris Goldwater
- Those early instructors rarely taught students how to get out of a spin. One of them once said jokingly to me, "If you ever get into one, let go of everything and start the Lord's Prayer."
- Flying often encourages a feeling of closeness and communication with God. Heaven is a slow, endless climb into clear skies.
- When I woke up this morning, I had one nerve left, and damned if you ain't got on it!
- Westerners often admire a man more for standing tall than being right. That might not appear to be the most politic thing to say, but it's the truth.
- That was the high flown rhetoric of all the New Dealers from Roosevelt to Truman, from Kenndy to Johnson and Carter. The aim of every one was the same - they would take your money and freedom to save you from yourself.
- Goldwater wasn't the big enchilada, Just a guy with a smile and a speech about freedom, opportunity, hard work, and hope.
- It was always my feeling, and still is, that a man's main message should be headlined - not the fact that he may have fallen off a horse at the county fair. Any damn fool can do that.
- Every great nation must be willing to use its strength. Otherwise, it's a
paper tiger. Whether we agree or not, power belongs to those who use it.
- I detest such gossip. In fact, it makes me a little sick to my stomach. I
never sniped at anyone behind his back. If the time came that it was needed, I let them have both barrels between the eyes from a few feet away.
- (Lyndon) Johnson was the epitome of the unprincipled politician.
- I spoke well of Johnson in public for one reason: to help unite the entire
country behind the new President at a time of sorrow and crisis. I was an American first, a Republican second.
- LBJ was dull. He was a lousy public speaker. The man didn't believe half of what he said. He was a hypocrite, and it came through in the hollowness of his speech. LBJ made me sick.
- He (Lyndon Johnson) never cleaned that crap off his boots. It trailed him from the Senate to the vice presidency and into the Oval Office itself. There's an old saying out in Arizona: If you get down in the manure, you come up smelling like it.
- The Golden State was bigger than life and more volatile than a Chinese
- Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and . . . moderation in the
pursuit of justice is not virtue.
- Barry Goldwater could have recited the Lord's prayer or the Twenty-third Psalm as his acceptance speech. He still would have been attacked. ~ Dean Burch
- Barry Goldwater's motto has never changed: Ready! Fire! Aim! ~ Senator Sam Nunn (Describing Barry's campaign style)
- Johnson liked closed doors and, if possible, closed windows. And sometimes closed minds.
- Washington shouldn't intrude in the private sector and begin competing with companies and citizens who already support it through taxation. Government should do for its citizens only what they cannot do for themselves - period.
- We don't have a bomb shortage. We have a surplus of targets! ~ A McNamara staffer
- He (Robert McNamara) hadn't the slightest knowledge of military or service traditions. McNamara selected managers, not leaders. Some of his whiz kids couldn't lead a troop of Girl Scouts.
- No lie is intelligent, but his (Richard Nixon's) were colossal stupidity because they involved the presidency of the United States.
- Nixon's masquerade was, however, a long and tortuous trail of deceit that plundered the generosity and goodwill of millions of Americans who wished desperately to believe that their President was not a liar. It was the manipulation and misuse of this vast American store house of bigheartedness that history will condemn.
- Some said in the press this morning that they had seen more of Brezhnev than they had seen of their own President (Richard Nixon).
- I was at first disappointed at and ultimately disgusted with the public
posturing of many of my former colleagues. That was particularly true of Texas Representative Jack Brooks, whose asinine performance as a political prosecutor made his Democratic donkey look good by comparison.
- The business and sport of Washington is talking, night and day. The nation's capital is the Hoover Dam of leaks.
- I have long said that there are more leaks in Washington than in Anheuser-Busch's biggest men's room.
- Apart from certain religious groups, the U.S. military may be the most
tradition-minded, conservative institution in America.
- Its (US military's) seemingly archaic rules guide the most modern tecnology in the world. It is as old as the republic, yet as young as the latest probe into outer space.
- I'm sick and tired of seeing commanders sent into special forces to get
their ticket punched- just one more step up the ladder - instead of people who've fought up from the mud of special operations. We need commanders who know their asses from third base.
- Apparently, it takes more admirals and generals to wage peace than run a war. ~ Sam Nunn (in 1945 at the end of WW2 the US had more than 12 million men with 101 three star generals and admirals. In the 80's the US about 10 million men but three star generals and admirals were up to 120)
- The Defense Department spends as much time on its annual budget as it does planning to defend the country.
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