Our Democracy?

 Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russel Lowell


Democracy becomes a government of bullies, tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1909 – 14


Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H.L. Mencken, 1916


Jacob Zuma?

An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

Simon Cameron, 1860



It is a general error to suppose the loudest complainer for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

Edmund Burke – 1769



A judge is a lawyer who once knew a politician.



Steve Tswete?

A horrible voice, bad breath, and a vulgar manner – the characteristics of a popular politician.




Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organising and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.

David Broder, in the Washington Post, 1973



Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911



Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.

Albert Camus, The Rebel, 1955


The DA?

What a liberal really wants is to bring about change that will not in any way endanger his position.

Stokeley Carmichael


(From the Cassel Dictionary of Cynical Quotations – Jonathan Green; Cassel, 1994)