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In some perfect world where human nature is less messy and history less fraught, any and all people who had ever suffered discrimination would find common cause, gathering together under one big anti-bigotry banner.

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There is a correlation between people who attack same-sex marriage and have difficulty maintaining their own.

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I think I'm the only senator who does not see a president when I look in the mirror.

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Is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights: the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation; the right to breathe air as nature provided it; the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

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We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their families, our guardsmen and reservists to leave their jobs. We ask you to fight, to sacrifice, to risk your lives for your country. The last thing you should have to do is fight for a job when you come home.

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By continuing to outsource high-risk jobs that were previously performed by soldiers, the military, in effect, is privatizing the ultimate sacrifice.

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Because the end of a war is traditionally thought to be the moment when a president's war powers begin to ebb, bringing combat to a close in Afghanistan and Iraq should lead to a reduction in executive power — including the legitimate basis for detaining the enemy.

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Today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.

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I don't care who you love. If you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn't have to hide who you are.

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Straight men and women in our armed forces, this argument asserts, aren't professional enough to serve with gay troops while doing their jobs. As a former Army officer, that is an insult to me and, more important, to my fellow soldiers still serving — gay and straight alike.

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McCain, John

Dec 02, 2010

We send these young people into combat. We think they're mature enough to fight and die. I think they're mature enough to make a judgment on who they want to serve with and the impact on their battle effectiveness.

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The president is trying to find a political solution with a military component, when it needs to be the other way around

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I mean you did again feel like two children. Think of yourselves sitting on Lincoln's bed.

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Kay, Katty

Jan 02, 2011

There is this sense that the pyramid is flattening, whether it's in the world of business or in the world of politics. And that the, the top has less say, less influence over what the bottom wants.

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Speech doesn't corrupt. Money corrupts, and money isn't speech.

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It takes two things to make a political lie work: a powerful person or institution willing to utter it, and another set of powerful institutions to amplify it.

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Davis, Artur

Jun 17, 2011

The informal caucus of congressmen and senators who cheat, flirt or make inappropriate comments to women of any age has not been dented by Weiner's fall. The exposure rate will continue to turn on arbitrary and unwritten rules, and the sin rate will remain thoroughly bipartisan.

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Kasparov, Garry

May 14, 2012

When you say politics, you conjure a whole bunch of associations: elections, campaigning, debates, fundraising. None of this exists in Russia! We are still fighting not for election victories but for having elections at all.

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Bedi, Rahul

NPR
Apr 19, 2012

It's not the spear, but who holds the spear that matters.

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We don't accept tyranny in the name of religion any more than we accept tyranny in the name of the military.

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