Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully – love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion.
I think Barack Obama has brought a new level of ethical standards to Washington. Has he changed some basic hard-knuckle politics? No. You need hard-knuckle politics to succeed.
Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics.
Let’s just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it.
Four years in the White House and two presidential campaigns is an awful long time. In politics, every year in the White House is like dog years, six years off your life.
We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.
I have a certain pool of subject matter that I like to write about, things that interest me: politics, religion, ecology, and relationships between men and women. And that’s usually what I focus on.
America’s most dangerous diseases have developed an immunity to politics. We suffer not from a failure of political organization or power, but a failure of love.
So my degree was in political science, which I think was – the closest I could come to marketing is politics.
I cry, sometimes, because I’m not 20 years younger, and I’m not healthy. But if I were, I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics.
Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.
I may not be the world’s best glad-handing politician, but I’ve been elected mayor twice. I understand politics. And I definitely understand where the state line is.
We, to some degree, are like what we are because we inherited certain things from the Greeks and the Romans. One of them that’s so striking is the whole area of politics.
I call it people-to-people politics and that’s what politics should be about, reaching out and helping one another and touching one another about what we’re going to do.
If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there’s something wrong with American politics.
If you really want to diminish a candidate, depict him as the foil of his handler. This is as old in American politics as politics itself.
Politics are beautiful. They enable a community to live collectively with one another. It’s not about stabbing each other in the back; it’s about enabling people to reach their dreams and pursue happiness.
I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here.
I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure.
Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well, that’s what’s happening. They either go, or they don’t go. It’s all politics. It’s all demographics.
Alliance – in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear…’
The 2008 election settled nothing, not even for a while. Our national politics are reflecting what appears to be going on geologically, on the bottom of the oceans and beneath the crust of the Earth: the tectonic plates are moving.
Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He’s the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square.
Of course there are regrets. I shall regret always that I found my own authentic voice in politics. I was too conservative, too conventional. Too safe, too often. Too defensive. Too reactive. Later, too often on the back foot.
In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
But look, you did not have to be well versed in politics to know that some stupid things were going on. It is the counsel’s job to stop them, and instead the coverup was created.
Politics itself is so unsexy, isn’t it? But when the politics in creative works are really explored – not used as a vehicle – the results can be really interesting.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.