Sunday, May 3

Jack Kemp (1935-2009)

"Democracy without morality is impossible."

"Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy."

"It has become fashionable to dismiss almost any significant attempt to change things as single-issue-politics. Politicians, apparently, aren’t supposed to emphasize anything, but are supposed to offer a big menu of small snacks."

"There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble."

“Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history.”

“There are no limits to our future if we don't put limits on our people.”

“The supply-side claim is not a claim. It is empirically true and historically convincing that with lower rates of taxation on labor and capital, the factors of production, you'll get a bigger economy.”

2 comments:

SEChapman said...

Was a hero in politics and his words will be be missed by men of reasonableness . One of my favorite speakers.

Ben said...

Jack Kemp was a true heir to Ronald Reagan. Former President George H.W. Bush should have chosen Kemp as his VP in 1988, instead of Dan Quayle. That would have put a process in place that would likely have spared our nation the indignity of the Clinton debacle.
Even better would have been Kemp being the Presidential nominee in 1988.
Arlen Specter's defecting to the Dim party was good news. Kemp's passing is sad news.