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Quotes of the day: Jim Hightower

Published Sunday, January 11, 2015 @ 5:39 AM EST
Jan 11 2015

James Allen "Jim" Hightower (b. January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, progressive political activist, and author, who served from 1983 to 1991 as the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ain't nothin' in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.

America was not built by conformists, but by mutineers.

Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.

Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building.

He has put the goober in gubernatorial. (re: Rick Perry)

If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote He Would Have Given Us Candidates
(book title)

If you do not speak up when it matters, when would it matter that you speak?

It's hard for the donkeys to win the race if they're going to carry the elephants on their backs.

Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one.

Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom.

So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out.

Some people say we need a third party. I wish we had a second one.

The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.

The issue isn't just jobs. Even slaves had jobs. The issue is wages.

The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.

The opposite of courage is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.

The water won't clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.

When Rick Perry says I can do for America what I've done for Texas, pay attention. That's no idle threat.

You can't do progressive government from the inside. You have to rally those outsiders and make them a force.


(January 11 is also the birthday of Alexander Hamilton and William James)

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