* AND IT STILL APPLIES: "The report identifies Congress itself as being dysfunctional. We therefore call upon each of you to have the courage to be part of the solution, and embrace fundamental change in the way the Congressional committee oversight system operates."–Testimony of Beverly Eckert before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearings to Review 9/11 Commission Recommendations; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.
* THE HUMAN: The most intelligent of any species on the planet and yet has done the most to destroy the very system that keeps everything alive.
* As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.
---H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
* IT COULDN'T BE DONE: Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn't," but he'd be one who wouldn't say till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed "Oh, you'll never do that, at least no one has ever done it," but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it, just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done" and you'll do it.