"I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty it fights dirty."
"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 Mellencamp on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."John Mellencamp on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."John Mellencamp 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 Mellencamp 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 Mellencamp on Joseph Stalin
"I want to sell to people my own age, because that's the way I write songs."
"You cannot expect the guy who drove the car into the ditch to navigate it out of the ditch. You have to put a new driver in the seat. I'm not saying the new driver is going to be any better, but we need a new driver. Kerry is the only choice."
"Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No."