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The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to ...
by Barbara Boxer

The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong,
it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development,
modernization and prosperity.
- Barbara Boxer

We are all different.
Yet we are all God's children.
We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom,
justice, fairness, and equality.
That is what unites us.
- Barbara Boxer

If you don't move to protect copyright,
if you don't move to protect our children,
it's not going to sit well.
- Barbara Boxer

It is in Saudi Arabia's best interest to allow women
to fully participate in its society,
and this includes the right to vote and run for office.
- Barbara Boxer

 

Medical professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats,
should be making health care decisions.
- Barbara Boxer

Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation.
And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we
can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.
- Barbara Boxer

For the sake of the troops, for the love of the troops,
we must not add yet another casualty to this war.
We must not let truth be a casualty of this war.
- Barbara Boxer

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I would not run for president.
I really like what I'm doing now.
People say I'm giving them energy and hope.
- Barbara Boxer

Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said,
'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course,
those who died, their lives will never be the same again.
- Barbara Boxer

Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely
dismantle all weapons of mass destruction,
and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement.
- Barbara Boxer

The American people need to know the truth.
The American people need to see the truth.
In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is
the essence of what it means to be free.
- Barbara Boxer

I think Democrats are right.
We fight for the American dream, for the environment,
for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose,
a good public education system.
- Barbara Boxer

Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate,
using a majority of the senators, to make sure that
we get health reform done.
We cannot wait another day.
- Barbara Boxer

I would love to see a march on Washington that says
'Save our Social Security'.
- Barbara Boxer

More than anything, I think as our country matures,
we recognize that women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
- Barbara Boxer

Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am? It's just a thing.
I worked so hard to get that title.
I'd appreciate it.
- Barbara Boxer

I am sure that every one of my colleagues -
Democrat,
Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement.
That in the voting booth, every one is equal.
- Barbara Boxer

The White House has embarked on a mission to convince
the people of our country that Social Security is in
dire need of drastic change in order to save it for all workers.
- Barbara Boxer

Americans have long recognized the need to protect
our public lands and their vast resources.
- Barbara Boxer

We have the greatest hospitals, doctors,
and medical technology in the world -
we need to make them accessible to every American.
- Barbara Boxer

Really, life is complicated enough without having a
bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the
privacy of our own homes.
- Barbara Boxer

When service members are discharged,
we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice,
not hand them a bill for their hospital food.
- Barbara Boxer

President Bush in his inaugural address talked about
bringing freedom to countries that don't have it.
He didn't specify how.
- Barbara Boxer

Even if I have to stand alone, I will not be afraid to stand alone.
I'm going to fight for you.
I'm going to fight for what's right.
I'm going to fight to hold people accountable.
- Barbara Boxer

To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true
democracy all over the world,
we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example;
not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world.
- Barbara Boxer

We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future.
It should be in their hands.
It must be in their hands.
That is what democracy is all about.
We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want
it enough to make it work for them.
- Barbara Boxer

You know, I wish the world well.
I want Iraq to have democracy and the Haitians to have democracy.
I want the people of Afghanistan to thrive.
Lord knows, we spend enough money there to help them.
What about people at home? Isn't that our first responsibility?
- Barbara Boxer

I know from my constituency what is going on.
Doctors that are told, begged, by mothers,
'Please don't write down that my child as asthma.
Please lie and say it's bronchitis, because if you write down asthma,
when my child turns 18 or 20 and has to get his or her own insurance,
it will be a pre-existing condition.'
- Barbara Boxer

We have fought for social justice.
We have fought for economic justice.
We have fought for environmental justice.
We have fought for criminal justice.
Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice.
- Barbara Boxer

Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters,
that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth,
their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO,
any member of Congress, or any President.
- Barbara Boxer

If we turn our back on the people of this country who
need to work for a living,
we shouldn't be here, to be honest, because that has
to be an essential part of what we do to protect the country,
from the standpoint of defense, protect workers and
make sure they have jobs.
- Barbara Boxer

So when you go up against the Far Right you go up against
the big financial special interests like the Halliburtons of the world,
the big oil companies, the big energy companies who
work so hard to rip us off.
- Barbara Boxer

I was a stock broker once.
I think there is an absolute place for market investments.
But they should never be the basis of one's retirement.
They should be an additional piece on top of a basic,
secure, guaranteed retirement benefit.
- Barbara Boxer

With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance,
it is not good enough to simply roll the dice,
hoping a nominee has changed his past views.
It's not good enough to think, 'This is the best we
can expect from this president'.
- Barbara Boxer

When you take a stand out of deep conviction,
people know.
They may not even agree, but they ask,
'Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand
and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?' They want that.
- Barbara Boxer

Since 1980, we've used reconciliation 22 times,
and out of those times, Republicans used it 16 times.
So, earth to my Republican friends, you can have your
option but you cannot change these facts.
They're in the Congressional Record.
- Barbara Boxer

We know no document is perfect, but when we amend the Constitution,
it would be to expand rights, not to take away rights from decent,
loyal Americans.
This great Constitution of ours should never be used
to make a group of Americans permanent second-class citizens.
- Barbara Boxer

Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.'
They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to
protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened.
They need all the help that they can get.
- Barbara Boxer

Tonight, you are hearing from the Democratic women of the Senate...
We stand together on so many issues:
economic prosperity,
quality education for all, protecting a woman's right to choose.
- Barbara Boxer

The bulk of extra supplies that could be put into the
market come from two places.
One, they come from other Persian Gulf suppliers,
of which Saudi Arabia is at the top of the list.
- Daniel Yergin

We have to fight radical Islam wherever it exists.
It's in Afghanistan, it's in Saudi Arabia,
throughout the Middle-East in big numbers and it's in the United States.
- Tom Tancredo

That's the premise of the Saudi Arabians.
He's holding the president's hand with one.
In the other hand, he's got his hand in the pocket of American consumers.
- Ed Markey

The Treasury Department would use the interest from
these securities to hire U.S.
companies to build Saudi Arabia - new cities,
new infrastructure - which we've done.
- John Perkins

Most dramatically, and perhaps least noticed,
is the violence inside Saudi Arabia itself.
- Michael Scheuer

We clearly need to break our addiction on Saudi Arabian
oil that is a security threat to the United States.
- Jay Inslee

I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace
to campaign against Nuclear Power.
It wouldn't surprise me at all.
- James Lovelock

Most of the suicide hijackers came from Saudi Arabia,
a place not lacking in wealth.
But due to rapid population growth, the wealth per
capita has fallen by about half in a generation.
- Keith Henson

The Crown Prince has said he needs to broaden political
participation in the governing of Saudi Arabia.
- Frank Carlucci

Additionally, any Human Rights Council reform that
allows countries with despicable human rights records to remain as members,
such as China and Saudi Arabia, is not real reform.
- Michael McCaul

I understand the Saudis have been named because fifteen
of the nineteen hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.
- Sibel Edmonds

Like Afghanistan before it, Iraq is only one theater in a regional war.
We were attacked by a network of terrorist organizations
supported by several countries,
of whom the most important were Iran,
Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.
- Michael Ledeen

Saudi Arabia was, until just a few years ago,
probably one of the most safe countries on earth.
And now the paper is daily full of activities and shootouts
between Islamists who supported Osama bin Laden and the government there.
- Michael Scheuer

And in Iraq we tried to implement the same policy that
was so successful in Saudi Arabia,
but Saddam Hussein didn't buy.
When the economic hit men fail in this scenario,
the next step is what we call the jackals.
- John Perkins

Lebanon is restless, Syria got its walking papers,
Egypt is scheduling elections with more than one candidate,
and even Saudi Arabia, whose rulers are perhaps more
terrified of women than rulers anywhere else in the world,
allowed limited municipal elections.
- Suzanne Fields

If Iran becomes a nuclear weapon state it is the end
of non-proliferation as we know it.
If Iran gets a nuclear weapon you are likely to see Saudi,
Egypt and other countries follow suit and we will bequeath
to the next generation a nuclear arms race in the world's most unstable region.
- Liam Fox

I think the real target of al-Qaeda is Saudi Arabia by the way.
They hate us and we're a vehicle to get at Saudi Arabia.
I think Osama bin Laden really wants to topple that
regime and have his people move in,
but that's a whole other story.
- Frank Carlucci

As far as Iraq, the important thing is that the Taliban is gone in Afghanistan,
three-quarters of the al-Qaida leadership is either dead or in jail,
and we now have Saudi Arabia working with us,
Pakistan working with us.
- Peter King

I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the
Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia:
It won't be the religion,
but rather the world-view of some of its followers
that shall be made current.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are living in a different world now.
You can see it everywhere in international relations:
It was noteworthy that,
after his visit to Washington, the Chinese president's
next stop was Saudi Arabia.
- Daniel Yergin

Some have said it is the easiest group at the World Cup,
but we realize it won't be like that.
Germany are a tremendous side, but to be honest I don't
know much about Cameroon and Saudi Arabia.
- Robbie Keane

Our relations with brothers in Gulf Cooperation council are good and developing,
either bilateral relations or with the G.C.C itself,
also we have good brotherly and solid ties with Saudi Arabia.
- Ali A. Saleh

But the key thing is that Iraq, while it's got very large oil reserves,
has marginalized itself as an oil exporter and these
days its exports are only about one tenth that of neighboring Saudi Arabia.
- Daniel Yergin

So, I think even in Saudi Arabia there is movement.
And we have to remember that over the years they've
stabilized the oil price and that is tremendously important
for the economies of the world.
I think we have no choice but to work with the government of Saudi Arabia.
- Frank Carlucci

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela


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