Many great political quotes of Confucius apply to Election 2008. Even though Confucius lived long ago, many of his great political quotes are timeless, and so are applicable to Election 2008. Here are my favorite Election 2008 applicable great political quotes by Confucius.
“An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”
This is one of the great quotes by Confucius for the 2008 Election season that voters need to pay heed to very much. What are the chances that we will have to worry about a tiger escaping the local zoo and eating us alive? On the other hand, what are the chances that our personal freedoms will continue to be whittled away in the name of the “war on terror” if the voters elect certain politicians for the next several years? I won’t tell people how to vote, but people need to ponder this saying very carefully!
“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”
Election 2008 is full of a lot of public relations ploys by politicians that appear to be very shallow or silly, like Barack Obama’s dancing on the Ellen show recently! But could it be that Obama has studied the great quotes of Confucius and realized that if he expects people to trust him as Commander-in-Chief, he must show folks that he can dance?
“The strength of the nation derives from the integrity of the home.”
Voters who will participate in Election 2008 need to realize that politicians alone will not solve all the problems of this nation, no matter how honest and skilled they are. Unless voters make sure they and their families are on the right track spiritually and morally, things in this country won’t improve, as this great quote by Confucius states.
“Men of principle are always bold, but those who are bold are not always men of principle.”
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
The voters of Election 2008 need to really reflect on these great quotes of Confucius because the vast majority of politicians do nothing but boldly soft soap the electorate with ear-tickling promises in order to get into office. Unfortunately, the majority of voters continue to fall for these sales pitches that cater to their own self-interests rather than cater to what’s best for the spiritual, moral, economic, etc. aspects of our nation.
“Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.”
Will the politicians and voters for Election 2008 get so tired of all the bickering in Washington, which is gridlocking and bankrupting this nation, that they will actually put in more progressive leaders? The Iraq War is a perfect example. Whether you agree or disagree with us being there, the political divisions over this have only made the situation worse – creating more of a quagmire; in addition, these unsettled differences are depleting our national defenses and money that could be better and/or more wisely spent elsewhere. If only this country would elect politicians that believe in working together instead of working against each other for political self gain.
“He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.”
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
These three great quotes by Confucius are very important when evaluating politicians. I admonish the voters in the Election 2008 to seriously study what it means when they vote for any politician. Just remember that you are voting for them, and they get elected, you’ve voted for them to have great health insurance and a decent salary, something that many voters do not have. Yet these same disenfranchised voters turn around and often support those who only pay lip service to the needy in this country. Before voting for incumbents especially, not just those who are seeking the Presidency, voters of the Election 2008 season need to ask themselves how much the leaders they are leaning toward voting for have talked more, or have actually done things progressively action-wise that have and will keep leading to constructive solutions to this country’s problems like the great Confucius admonished via his quotes.
“Study the past, if you would divine the future.”
Of all the great quotes by Confucius, this may be one of the most important ones that the Election 2008 season needs to have featured. If voters want the same old talk about health insurance reform, budget deficits, crime, oil dependency, US border issues, etc., to continue after the next election without any real progress, they need not look back at the political history of the USA even as recent as the 1970’s. But if voters want to see change, let them study past election seasons, campaign promises, hidden agendas, via the media available like books and DVD’s, and realize that they themselves must be striving towards being virtuous and self-sacrificing for the country’s sake before they can expect their politicians to be effective. Because the politicians that are elected are reflective of the voters’ own personal agendas, selfish or otherwise!
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