election, leadership, nation

Portrait Of Presidential Players

I love these two portraits by artist Andy Thomas.

Just had to put them on my blog post.

Republicans Players

George Bush senior, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, (down in front is Abraham  Lincoln), back up to Teddy Roosevelt, down to Gerald Ford, and up to Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Here are some quotes by these guys.

Ronald Wilson Reagan  (1981–1989)

“America is too great for small dreams.”

“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth.”

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

George Herbert Walker Bush  (1989–1993)

“If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way.”

“Don’t try to fine-tune somebody else’s view.”

“I want a kinder, gentler nation.”

George W. Bush

“If you don’t feel something strongly you’re not going to achieve.”

“We will bring the terrorists to justice; or we will bring justice to the terrorists. Either way, justice will be done.”

Gerald Rudolph Ford  (1974–1977)

“Truth is the glue that holds governments together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.”

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Richard Milhous Nixon  (1969–1974)

“A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life’s mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself.”

“I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up a sports writer.”

“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

Dwight David Eisenhower  (1953–1961)

“I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.”

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909)

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
“The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing.”

Democratic Players

William Clinton, John F.Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Franklin Delano Roosevelt  , Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Andrew Jackson, Lyndon Baines Johnson

William Jefferson Clinton  (1993–2001)

“There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in America.”

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

“We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we have no sense of community, the American dream will wither.”

James Earl Carter, Jr.  (1977–1981)

“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”

Lyndon Baines Johnson  (1963–1969)

“A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

“You ain’t learnin’ nothin’ when you’re talkin’.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy  (1961–1963)

“And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt  (1933–1945)

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

“A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers….or they might mistake him for the enemy.”

Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Andrew Jackson (1865—1869)

“If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrat at the other, all would be well with the country.”

election, politics


If you are like most Americans, you are getting pretty POLITICKED OFF by all the fault finding and blame shifting.

With just a few more weeks left before the elections every citizen must refuse to be neutral about your Nation.

In a democracy, voting is a right as well as your responsibility. It is important to realize that voting allows each individual to take responsibility for their beliefs and ideas. By voting you are making your own decisions. Do not allow others to decide for you! Each citizen has the right to voice their opinion, and the responsibility to help their government by participating in the decision making process.

By voting, you will be more informed on the political, social, and environmental issues that surround you.

Here are some examples of how just ONE vote made significant changes in history:

In 1645: ONE VOTE gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.







In 1649: ONE VOTE caused Charles I of England to be executed.

In 1776: ONE VOTE gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1839: ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton as the Governor of Massachusetts.



In 1845 – ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union


In 1868 – ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment


In 1876: ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.






In 1876: ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

In 1939 – ONE VOTE passed the selective service act


In 1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct elected John F. Kennedy President

In 1923: ONE VOTE gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party

Edward Everett Hale, the distinguished poet and former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, eloquently captured the essence of every American’s duty: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, that I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.”

 Here are two great qoutes that motivate me to get out of neutral and get involved.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

“The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” – Plato.