Zitat des Tages von Paul Wellstone:
I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis. People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor was supposed to be talking about. Maybe they were right.
As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.
Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.
When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better.
I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal.
Politics is not about power.
Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.
There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.
Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers.
We can remake the world daily.
It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power.
The kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about is way beyond national product - it is how do we as a nation help our children be the best kinds of people they could possibly be?
Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
Politics is not about money.
Why don't we call on the credit card companies to be accountable? They need to be held accountable for their predatory lending practices.
What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.
Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
I think the future also will not belong to those who are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines.
I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.
The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.
The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
Without trying, I'm different.