Quotes on Political Parties

O'Rourke on the American Political System

The American political system is like a gigantic Mexican Christmas fiesta. Each political party is a huge piñata -- a papier-maché donkey, for example. The donkey is filled with full employment, low interest rates, affordable housing, comprehensive medical benefits, a balanced budget and other goodies. The American voter is blindfolded and given a stick. The voter then swings the stick wildly in every direction, trying to hit a political candidate on the head and knock some sense into the silly bastard.

-- P.J. O'Rourke, in Parliament of Whores

Teddy on the Two-Party System

The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.

-- Theodore Roosevelt

On Affiliation

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.

-- Will Rogers