Well, it wouldn't be spam, egg, sausage and spam then, would it?
"[T]he conservative impulse and the reactionary impulse do not, with some isolated and some ecclesiastical exceptions, express themselves in ideas but only in action or in irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas."
-- Lionel Trilling, preface to The Liberal Imagination: essays on literature and society
"My heart is filled with love for this country." -- Barack Obama, last words before the acknowledgements of The Audacity of Hope
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."
-- John Stuart Mill, in a Parliamentary debate with Conservative MP John Pakington; May 31, 1866
"Conservatism today has degenerated into a species of especially unattractive populism, pandering to the pro-torture-and-wiretapping, anti-gay-and-Mexican prejudices of a dwindling, increasingly sectarian, increasingly regional 'base.' Some who sympathize with libertarian and free-market causes are cheered by the anti-government rhetoric and Tea Party theatrics now increasingly in evidence on the right. Perhaps, they think, the old Goldwater-Reagan conservatism is making a comeback. Sorry, but I seriously doubt it. On the contrary, I worry that good free-market ideas are going to get tainted by association with an increasingly brutish identity politics for angry white guys and the women who love them."
-- Brink Lindsey, "The Closing of the Conservative Mind"
(Cato@Liberty blog post, May 19, 2009)
"The way things are going, we can shorten Trilling's quote: the 'irritable mental gestures' remain, but they scarcely even 'seek to resemble ideas.'"
-- Tom Hull, "Irritable Mental Gestures"
(blog post, February 6, 2010)
"The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all."
-- G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday: a nightmare
"Just the other day a friend and I came up with the most pernicious academic scheme to date for toppling the West: he will kneel behind the West on all fours. I will push it backwards over him."
-- Michael Bérubé, "Public Image Ltd." (The Village Voice