I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way, the social and political equality of the white and black races... I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.
Naturligtvis var det många som upptäckte Amerika innan Columbus. Men de lyckades alltid tysta ner det hela.
The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.
I hear Republicans and Libertarians and so forth talking about property rights, but they stop talking about property rights as soon as the subject of American Indians comes up, because they know fully well, perhaps not in a fully articulated, conscious form, but they know fully well that the basis for the very system of endeavor and enterprise and profitability to which they are committed and devoted accrues on the basis of theft of the resources of someone else. They are in possession of stolen property. They know it. They all know it. It's a dishonest endeavor from day one.
I love America. We've got the only system that works. It keeps everyone hustling.
John Richard Simplot, the Idaho agricultural magnate who made a $2.2 billion fortune selling potatoes to McDonald's
American consumerism is about buying things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress friends we don't have time for.
If all the Forbes billionaires agreed to limit themselves to their basic billion and handed over the excess to Uncle Sam, Uncle Sam would end up with some $90 billion without one member of the club having to give up a single necessity or, for that matter, a single luxury ... not a house, not a car, not a boat, not nothing.
Don Hewitt, 60 Minutes executive producer, 1995
No matter what their income, a depressing number of Americans believe that if only they had twice as much, they would inherit the estate of happiness promised them by the Declaration of Independence.
The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon
The more I think about it, it's the difference between manslaughter and murder. It's the intent. The intent was not to poison black America but to raise money for the Contras, and they [the CIA] didn't really care what it came from. If it involved selling drugs in black communities, we11, this was the price of admission.
A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion. It's going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal.
Dick Cheney, U.S. Vice President, five days after the WTC attack
Den amerikanska regeringen har svikit de grundläggande principer på vilka nationen vilar - precis de värderingar som president Bush sade attackerades av terroristerna.
Human Rights Watch i en rapport från augusti 2002 om rättsövergreppen mot de 1200 personer som fängslats i USA efter attacken på World Trade Center.
Harlem symbolizes the strength and beauty in resistance and you have taught us that out of resistance to injustice comes renaissance, renewal and rebirth.
...frankly trying to put them out on the ground that their racial characteristics are such that we cannot understand or trust even the citizen Japanese. This latter is the fact but I am afraid it will make a tremendous hole in our constitutional system to apply it.
Henry Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War, on the alternatives to the internment of U.S. Japanese during WWII
I am enormously proud to be an American. I would say that the things that our corporate-controlled government has done at best are shameful and at worst genocidal-but there's an incredible and a permanent culture of resistance in this country that I'm very proud to be a part of.
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America? I'll tell you how I respond: I'm amazed. I'm amazed that there's such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I am -- like most Americans, I just can't believe it because I know how good we are.
George W Bush
Det finns en fysisk skillnad mellan de vita och de svarta raserna som jag tror för alltid kommer att förbjuda dem att leva tillsammans i ett tillstånd av social och politisk jämlikhet.
Abraham Lincoln 1858
Det mest absurda med min flykt från ett orättvist är att jag bytt ett system som kväver åsiktsfriheten mot ett annat.
Martina Navratilova, tjeckiskfödd tennisstjärna, om sitt nuvarande hemland USA som hon flydde till vid 18 års ålder
God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East.
George W Bush, june 2003
As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure. We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist.' You never hear a real American talk like that.
Frank Hague (1896 - 1956), mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that...
Airline employee at Newark to Professor Walter F Murphy, March 1 2007, trying to figure out why he was on a Terrorist Watch list and thus denied a boarding pass
I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.
Stephen Colbert to George W Bush
It shall be unlawful for a foreign national direcdy or through any other person to make any contribution of money or other thing of value, or to promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution, in connection with an election to any political office or in connection with any primary election...
Title 2, United States Code Amended (USCA), Section 441e(a)
When the president does it, that means it's not illegal.
Richard M. Nixon
The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
James A. Baldwin
I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.
I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.
Theodore Roosevelt, amerikanske president, om att han inte gick så långt som till att säga att de enda bra indianerna var döda indianer
We live in the richest country in the world. There's plenty and to spare for no man, woman, or child to be in want. And in addition to this our country was founded on what should have been a great, true principle - the freedom, equality, and rights of each individual. Huh! And what has come of this start? There are corporations worth billions of dollars - and hundreds of thousands of people who don't get to eat.
Carson McCullers 1940
America: Socializing the risks, Privatizing the profits, Putting business in the democracy, Taking the democracy out of the business.
A world once divided into two armed camps now recognizes one sole and preeminent power, the United States of America. And they regard this with no dread. For the world trusts us with power, and the world is right. They trust us to be fair, and restrained. They trust us to be an the side of decency. They trust us to do what's right.
George Bush Sr, 1992
Anta att du åker till Washington och försöker tala med vår regering. Du kommer att märka att man alltid lyssnar artigt till dig. Men de som verkligen konsulteras är de som har de största egendomarna - de stora bankirerna, de stora fabriksägarna, de stora finansherrarna, direktörerna i järnvägsföretag och ångbåtsföretag... Herrarna över USAs regering är kapitalisterna och fabrikanterna i USA.
Woodrow Wilson, USA:s president, år 1913
The end of democracy, and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.
Faktum är att den enda kraft som i dag är mäktigare än den amerikanska regeringen är det amerikanska civilsamhället. Amerikanska medborgare har i dag ett enormt ansvar på
axlar. Hur kan vi låta bli att stödja dem som medger och även agerar utifrån det ansvaret? De är våra allierade, våra vänner.
Lisa, if you don’t like your job you don’t strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of the country.
Thomas Jefferson 1814
If we have to use force, it is because we are America.
The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more.
I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb. That may be the right thing to do. ... I also believe in a little bit of corporal punishment going back to the days of yore, where examples have to be shown. I'm dead serious.
Oscar Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas, 2005, on suitable punishments for people who deface freeways with graffiti
Religious fundamentalists alone are a huge popular grouping in the United States, which resembles pre-industrial societies in that regard. This is a culture in which three-fourths of the population believe in religious miracles, half believe in the devil, 83 percent believe that the Bible is the 'actual' or the inspired word of God, 39 percent believe in the Biblical prediction of Armageddon and 'accept it with a certain fatalism,' a mere 9 percent accept Darwinian evolution while 44 percent believe that 'God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years,' and so on. The 'God and Country rally' that opened the national Republican convention is one remarkable illustration, which aroused no little amazement in conservative circles in Europe.
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln 1865
I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.
What we're doing in Vietnam is using the black man to kill the yellow man so the white man can keep the land he took from the red man.
If there's nothing wrong with what's going on at Guantanamo Bay, why isn't it in America?
Harriet Harman, British Solicitor General
Jag älskar ju den här stora jävla klunsen till nation.
Michael Moore om att vara antikapitalist och patriotisk amerikan samtidigt
Maybe we should not have humored them ... [when they asked to live on reservations]. Maybe we should have said, "No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us."
President Ronald Reagan during a trip to Moscow, when a student asked him about U.S. treatment of Native Americans
The United States seems destined to plague and torment the continent in the name of freedom.
I don't feel we did wrong taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themseleves.
I will never apologize for the United States of America - I don't care what the facts are.
George Bush Sr, August 15, 1989, commenting on the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by the U.S. warship Vincennes, killing 290 passengers
I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.
När USA-modellen går på export talas det om att öka flexibiliteten. Men i själva verket handlar det om frysta löner, växande inkomstklyftor och en hög grad av otrygghet för löntagarna.
John J Sweeney, ordförande i AFL/CIO, den amerikanska motsvarigheten till LO
America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.
He has the nerve to call us violent when last year there were 80,000 cases of police brutality filed against departments all over the country this sheriff pig is poppin' off, poppin'off about how we're violent. Well, shit, he belongs to the most violent gang in US history.
Zack de la Rocha, RATM, referring to a Sheriff who tried to get a Rage concert banned
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison, president of the United States 1809-17
...airplanes may be used for the purpose of keeping rioters off roofs by means of machine gun fire ... Infantry should and will invariably constitute the major part of any command employed in suppressing domestic disorders ... armored cars will be especially valuable in riot duty...
General Douglas MacArthur, "Military Aid in Disturbances" (1935), in which he also comes out against the use of blanks, as an "admission of weakness"
I'm standing on my constitutional rights. I'm not going to allow you to brutalize me. I'm going to stop you from brutalizing my people. You got your gun, pig, I got mine. If you shoot at me, I'm shooting back.
Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther Party
That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.
Lester Maddox, ex-governor of Georgia
I applaud President Nixon's comprehensive statement which clearly demonstrates again that the President was not involved with the Watergate matter.
George Bush Sr, prior to President Nixon's realization that maybe he was involved after all
Oh, they think it is better not to know. There are too many things that embarrass Americans in that report. You see, this country went through an awful trauma with Watergate. But even then, all they were asked to believe was that their president had been a bad person. In this new situation they are asked much more; they are asked to believe that their country has been evil. And nobody wants to believe that.
Congressman Otis Pike in 1975, on why very few congressmen used their right to read the complete Pike report on covert actions in the history of U.S. foreign policy
Amerika är den enda nationen i historien som mirakulöst nog har gått från barbari till degeneration utan den normala fasen civilisation.
You've got to understand that the United States is and has always been a war-loving nation, a warring nation. But one with a smile. We've learned how to put a twist on it so we can feel good about doing what other nations have done that we consider to be evil.
John Stockwell, former CIA Chief of Station turned critical
Jo, jag måste säga att där i Göteborg, på presskonferensen, höll det på att gå alldeles åt helvete för George. Han hade små lappar han vek upp och läste från: 'Sverige ligger i norr. Jag har aldrig varit i Sverige'. Då sa jag till George: Nu tar jag över presskonferensen. Jag talade med honom efteråt, gav honom några råd. Jag måste säga att jag kände mig som en far för George.
Göran Persson om Bushs besök i Sverige 2001
In medieval times he would have been called Zbigniew the Terrible.
William Blum on Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security adviser
De kan ju naturligtvis använda resultaten till vad de vill, men man måste ju utgå ifrån att Homeland Security har ambitionen att skydda medborgare
Madelein Sandström, generaldirektör på FOI, om den amerikanska statens intresse för svensk forskning kring bl a intelligenta övervakningskameror och biologisk krigsföring
Vår nationalsång är fan den enda i världen som till och med har bomber och granater i texten.
Violence is as American as cherry pie.
H Rap Brown
The question of this campaign is, to every citizen, do you want to be more powerful? Are you tired of being pushed around? Are you tired of being entertained into trivial pursuits? Are you tired of having your children exploited by corporate hucksters? Are you tired of having the promise of America being held back by the greed and power of a few dominating the many?
Ralph Nader, tredjekandidat i presidentvalet 2000
I also believe that academic freedom should protect the right of a professor or student to advocate Marxism, socialism, communism, or any other minority viewpoint -- no matter how distasteful to the majority.
What are our schools for if not indoctrination against Communism?
År 1492 upptäckte de amerikanska indianerna Columbus.
Leaving America is like losing twenty pounds and finding a new girlfriend.
George W. Bush is basically a conglomerate political corporation running for president.
Ralph Nader, tredje presidentkandidat
The difference is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door
Ralph Nader om skillnaden mellan Bush och Gore i presidentvalet 2000
Basically North America lives with one political party. It has one ideology within which all the political parties live, even the NDP ... It's funny; we criticize some of the Communist countries for their one-party systems, but that is all we have - a one party system.
De vill inte bara se mig död, de vill se mig tystad.
De amerikanska domstolarna har ett oförtjänt rykte som värnare av medborgerliga fri- och rättigheter. Ända in på sextiotalet kunde sydstaterna beröva de svarta rösträtten med domstolarnas godkännande. Högsta domstolen accepterade massinterneringen av japanskfödda amerikaner under andra världskriget, den reste inga hinder mot ingreppen i åsiktsfriheten under McCarthytiden.
I inget annat västerländskt land har arbetsgivarna varit så hjälpta i sin opposition mot fackföreningarna av de civila myndigheterna och av statens väpnade styrkor och domstolar.
Lewis Lorwin 1933
En amerikansk löntagare har många rättigheter som han kan hävda inför domstol: rätt att inte bli diskriminerad, föreningsfrihet, rätt till ledighet, skydd för privatlivet, rätt till en viss lägsta timlön och mycket annat. Men arbetsgivaren kan enligt huvudregeln säga upp honom utan att ange något skäl.
This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
Vi tolererar icke att någon sjunger Vi älskar Joe Stalin eller överhuvudtaget någon sång som är onationell.
Domare i Portland, USA, den 9 november 1949 när han dömde två norska ynglingar till 10 dollars böter var för att ha sjungit "Vi älskar Joe Stalin"
Vi borde sluta tala om den Amerikanska drömmen och börja lyssna till amerikanernas drömmar.