Ambrose BierceAmbrose Bierce, (1842-1914) American Civil War soldier, humorist, writer

Ambrose Bierce Quote

“Opposition, n. In politics the party that prevents the government from running amuck by hamstringing it.”

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~ Ambrose Bierce

The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Ah, the good ol' days with a lame duck president... where has the opposition gone?

Mike, Norwalk

Ahhh, that such a party existed! I guess if we went looking we could find humor in the quote, but there's really no time for a scavenger hunt.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Government may be hamstrung, but they run amuck anyway!

jim k, Austin,Tx

The opposition ain't much opposition any more and that's too bad. The government needs hamstringing.

Mike, Pleasant Hill

An opposition party? It would be great if we actually had one.


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