"Democrats believe that the federal government is not our enemy, it's our partner."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."George McGovern on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."George McGovern on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."George McGovern on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."George McGovern on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."George McGovern on Thomas Paine
"My dad was a Methodist minister."
"Politics is an act of faith you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public."
"I've come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society."
"I think the country's getting disgusted with Washington partly because of the decline of civility in government."
"I hope someday we will be able to proclaim that we have banished hunger in the United States, and that we've been able to bring nutrition and health to the whole world."