Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
~ Groucho Marx
What I would urge is that those conservatives and Republicans who were wrong about the evolution of this debate please consider why they were wrong: Consider the destructive effect of ideological conformity, of ignorance of the experience of comparable countries, and of a conservative political culture that incentivizes intransigence, radicalism, and anger over prudence, moderation, and compassion.
~ David Frum
Everything in war is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult.
~ Carl von Clausewitz
If we’re going to have an imperial presidency, we should want a president who thinks less like a party leader and more like a good emperor — who doesn’t just divide and conquer, but who tries to make all his empire’s many peoples feel like they’re safe and recognized and home.
~ Ross Douthat
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Our Commander-in-Chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it.”
~ Hillary Clinton
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
― Edward R. Murrow
Via David Frum’s How to Build an Autocracy published in the March 2017 issue of The Atlantic:
What excites Trump is his approval rating, his wealth, his power. The day could come when those ends would be better served by jettisoning the institutional Republican Party in favor of an ad hoc populist coalition, joining nationalism to generous social spending—a mix that’s worked well for authoritarians in places like Poland. Who doubts Trump would do it? Not Paul Ryan. Not Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader. For the first time since the administration of John Tyler in the 1840s, a majority in Congress must worry about their president defecting from them rather than the other way around.