Hillary Clinton On China

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has delivered an important speech on China which appears to depart from the line previously taken by the Obama Administration.

Addressing the US Institute of Peace China Conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China, Clinton seemed to call for another “Nixon moment”. [Read more…]


Political Quotations – Set 2

  1. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. – Mignon McLaughlin, author.
  2. When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius (551-479 BC).
  3. At the end of a long and probably very boring meal (at a formal dinner), (British Prime Minister) Macmillan turned to Madame de Gaulle and asked politely what she was looking forward to in her retirement. Quick as a flash the elderly lady replied: “A penis.” Macmillan had been trained all his life never to appear shocked, but even he was a bit taken aback. After drawling out a series of polite platitudes, – “Well, I can see your point of view, don’t have much time for that sort of thing nowadays” – it gradually dawned on him to his intense relief that what the old girl had actually said was “happiness.” – Paul Foot, in the essay A New Definition: The Quality of Life, British Medical Journal, VOLUME 321, DECEMBER 2000.
  4. The moral test of a government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life — the children; the twilight of life — the elderly; and the shadows of life — the sick, the needy and the handicapped. – Hubert Humphrey, Vice-President of the United States 1965-69.
  5. When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle class perverts stop using the Labor Party as a cultural spittoon? – Kim Beazley Snr to an ALP State Conference, circa 1970.
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Political Quotations – Set 1

  1. Intellect alone is a dry and rattling thing. – Ilka Chase, American author, actress, humorist (1905-1978)
  2. During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)
  3. Whenever ‘A’ attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon ‘B’, ‘A’ is most likely a scoundrel. – H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)
  4. History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances. – Donald Creighton, Canadian historian (1902-1979)
  5. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776
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Presidential Election Results 1964-2000

The table shows US Presidential election results between 1964 and 2000.

Democrats won the elections of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson, 1976 (Jimmy Carter, 1992 and 1996 (Bill Clinton).

Republicans won the elections of 1968 and 1972 (Richard Nixon), 1980 and 1984 (Ronald Reagan), 1988 (George H.W. Bush) and 2000 (George W. Bush). [Read more…]


Constitutional Grounds For Presidential Impeachment: Modern Precedents

This is the full text of a report by the Committee on the Judiciary of the US House of Representatives.

The report’s full title is: Constitutional Grounds For Presidential Impeachment: Modern Precedents.

The report includes a study of impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon. It also includes studies of the impeachments of Judge Harry Claiborne, Judge Walter Nixon, Jr., and Judge Alcee Hastings. [Read more…]


The War Powers Act Of 1973

This is the full text of the War Powers Act of 1973, as passed by the United State Congress.

The Act seeks to limit the President’s powers in relation to the declaration of war.

The Act was passed over the veto of President Richard Nixon. [Read more…]


The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate 1960

This is the first presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon.

Kennedy was the Democratic Party candidate who went to be elected President in November 1960.

Nixon had been Vice-President under President Harry Truman since January 1953.

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Transcript of the first debate between presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Mr. Smith: Good evening.

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The candidates need no introduction. The Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and the Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy. [Read more…]