Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
I'm tired of waiting. It's time for us to find our own voice, to do our own organizing, to push forward on reform, to push forward on issues of economic justice, and to make the United States of America, this good country, even better.
My country tears of thee.
This was the dawn of plastic eating in America. . . . We doted on Velveeta. Spam. Canned ravioli. Instant puddings. Instant anything. The farther a thing was from the texture, flavor, and terrifying unpredictability of real food, the better.
In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.
The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses.
Very little is known about the War of 1812 because the Americans lost it.
If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it.
There's a group of Americans who are fully employed. They aren't very well paid or they're not paid at all. They're called mothers, and I've never heard of a mother who wasn't a working mother. And that includes the mothers on welfare.
You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.
The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish.
The worst thing about Europe is that you can't go out in the middle of the night and get a Slurpee.
When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed, it's called a depression.
We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.
The contempt for law and the contempt for the human consequence of lawbreaking go from the bottom to the top of American society.