"One tell-tale sign of a Wingnut: they always confuse partisanship with patriotism."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."John Avlon on Ronald Reagan
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."John Avlon on Albert Einstein
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."John Avlon on John F. Kennedy
"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."John Avlon on Mark Twain
"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."John Avlon on John F. Kennedy
"The American people are smart. They've gotten sick of the predictable hyperpartisan talking points and canned anger."
"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."
"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."
"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."