"I'm an independent. I'm a centrist. A new generation is arriving that has grown up with a multiplicity of choice in every aspect of their lives, and yet politics is the last place that they are told that they should be satisfied with a choice between brand A and brand B. It doesn't fit the way they think. It doesn't fit the way they live."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."John Avlon on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."John Avlon on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."John Avlon on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."John Avlon on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."John Avlon on Joseph Stalin
"The American people are smart. They've gotten sick of the predictable hyperpartisan talking points and canned anger."
"One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism."
"First, I think more Americans need to declare their independence from partisan politics on both sides. The more that Americans declare their independence, the more the parties will have to compete for their votes using reason rather than the hateful appeals."
"What's different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It's all part of the suffocating spin cycle we're in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base."