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Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war. ...
by Adam Schiff

Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war.
- Adam Schiff

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

The prompt assimilation of that intelligence will be
essential if we are to avoid another September 11th.
- Adam Schiff

But even race-neutral policies and recruitment efforts
designed to achieve greater diversity are,
in the end, not race neutral.
- Adam Schiff

 

Much has changed since the end of the Cold War that
augurs well for the survival of our nation.
- Adam Schiff

And in this community, as in all others,
the Golden Rule still applies - we must be act toward
other nations as we would have them act towards America.
- Adam Schiff

At the very top state institutions, like UCLA,
Berkeley and the University of Texas,
however, the trend of downward minority enrollment
remains persistent and discouraging.
- Adam Schiff

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Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth,
America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation's
progress towards the realization of his dream.
- Adam Schiff

Neither the University of Michigan nor its law school uses a quota system.
- Adam Schiff

So let us call genocide, genocide.
Let us not minimize the deliberate murder of 1.5 million people.
Let us have a moral victory that can shine as a light to all nations.
- Adam Schiff

It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not
care why we went to war in Iraq,
that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
- Adam Schiff

The war in Iraq has been extremely divisive here at home,
and has also divided the world community.
- Adam Schiff

We must either reduce the number of our engagements
or increase the number of our troops.
- Adam Schiff

Unquestionably, the world is better off without Saddam.
- Adam Schiff

Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation
to assist those who are suffering from poverty,
disease, war and famine.
- Adam Schiff

The legacy of the Armenian Genocide is woven into the fabric of America.
- Adam Schiff

The new century has brought on its own terrible dangers,
which although not reaching the apocalyptic potential of the Cold War,
still have the capacity to shake our world.
- Adam Schiff

We will not let terrorists change our way of life;
we will not live in fear; and we will not undermine
the civil liberties that characterize our Democracy.
- Adam Schiff

But it is equally incontrovertible that if our intelligence
gathering process is seriously flawed,
we had better find out and find out fast if we are to avoid another Sept.
11.
- Adam Schiff

Unless action is taken soon - unless we can display
the same vision of that earlier period -
we will lose the treasure of California's open space
and environmental beauty.
- Adam Schiff

Our failure to find weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq thus far has been deeply troubling,
and our intelligence-gathering process needs thorough
and unbiased investigation.
- Adam Schiff

An America that inspires hope in its ideals must complement
an America that inspires awe in its strength.
- Adam Schiff

Some argue that recognition of the genocide has become
even more problematic now,
when the world is at war with terrorism and the United
States cannot afford to offend the sensibility of our Turkish ally.
- Adam Schiff

In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United
States has been called on for a level of moral leadership,
vision and inspiration not seen since World War II,
we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity.
- Adam Schiff

While our country has made great strides in breaking
down the barriers which for so long denied equal opportunity to all Americans,
we are not yet the beautiful symphony of brotherhood of Dr. King's dream.
- Adam Schiff

Although every step must be taken to protect against
a chemical or biological attack in America,
our nation would survive the use of those weapons as
we did when anthrax was mailed to our Capitol and other targets.
- Adam Schiff

If giving points to some students to achieve greater
diversity is a quota system in violation of the Constitution,
how can the awarding of points to the children of a
less diverse alumni be upheld?
- Adam Schiff

Notwithstanding these setbacks, the dream of a beautiful
American orchestra goes on,
and I share Dr. King's faith that each year we move
inexorably closer to a magnificent opening night.
- Adam Schiff

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great
number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Republics decline into democracies and democracies
degenerate into despotisms.
- Aristotle

Only two countries in this hemisphere are not democratic,
but many countries in both Central and South America,
and in the Caribbean, are really fragile democracies.
- Warren Christopher

The tendency of democracies is, in all things,
to mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

Inflation is the senility of democracies.
- Sylvia T. Warner

All of my novels are democracies.
- Amos Oz

Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies
to the rest of the world.
- Harold Pinter

Democracies must have equilibrium...
and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
- Romano Prodi

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression
and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large
part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley

As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men,
just as it was also in all later democracies and republics
until the twentieth century.
- Robert A. Dahl

The fight against terror is a common imperative for
democracies and must become so for all nations.
- Lionel Jospin

America is an outlier in the world of democracies when
it comes to the structure and conduct of elections.
- Thomas E. Mann

I hate war...
for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies,
and for the starvation that stalks after it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracies are indeed slow to make war,
but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally
slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable,
rather than a vindictive, peace.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

To balance China, the democracies will need new friends -
and India with its fast-growing economy,
youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
- David Frum

Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous,
but they cannot survive unless they fight.
- Jalal Talabani

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law.
This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
- James F. Cooper

I would like to see capital punishment suppressed in all democracies.
- Lionel Jospin

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise,
which is an advantage and security to all,
but especially to democracies as against despots -
suspicion.
- Demosthenes

Asia's governments come in two broad varieties:
young,
fragile democracies - and older, fragile authoritarian regimes.
- Paul Samuelson

We have to implant democracies where there are now dictatorships.
- Tom Tancredo

In emerging democracies like Russia,
in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia,
journalists play a vital role in civil society.
In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
- Christiane Amanpour

As I understand I took most so-called democratic states
about 200 years on average to build their democracies.
That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian
rule and wake up in a democracy,
it makes me laugh.
- Aleksandr Lebed

In the past week it has become clear that the vote
on the final healthcare bill will be very close.
I take this vote with the utmost seriousness.
I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted
the better part of the last century to bring America
in line with other modern democracies in providing
single payer health care.
- Dennis Kucinich

The growing tide of anti-Semitism shocks the conscious
of everyone who values freedom,
and the ugly, hateful acts particularly stain the character
of democracies where liberty and religious freedom
are supposed to be respected.
- Mike Ferguson

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies,
but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to
establishing democratic rule at universal standards.
Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy
within nations is the best available form of government,
democracy among nations can be a moral disaster -
especially if some nations are not democracies.
- Jonah Goldberg

We can be proud of our record as an international beacon of liberty.
From fostering democracies in Eastern Europe to the
stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan,
we have been true to that calling and helped spread
freedom to oppressed peoples everywhere.
- Kay Bailey Hutchison

In view of China's growing military strength and intentions,
the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and
prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces
with other democratic countries in the world to form
a global community of democracies.
- Jim Costa

I do not believe that the values which the Western
democracies consider essential to civilization can
survive in a world rent by the international anarchy
of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise.
- Arthur Henderson

And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda
slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere,
to make Americans start thinking favorably of democracies
and forget that we had a republic.
- Robert Welch

The three main sources of scepticism are first,
that not every people desires freedom;
second,
that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous;
and third,
that there is little the world's democracies can do
to advance freedom outside their countries.
- Natan Sharansky

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies
in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -
"indoctrination," we might say -
exercised through the mass media.
- Noam Chomsky

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only
nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited,
and where the people can live freely? Never!
I can assure you, they will never fight against either
the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
- Paul Robeson

Acts of anti-Semitism in countries throughout the world,
including some of the world's strongest democracies,
have increased significantly in frequency and scope
over the last several years.
- Tim Holden

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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