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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1389
AUTHOR: Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918–96)
QUOTATION: Some of the politicians in this country, in their feverish search for group acceptance, are ready to endorse tumultuous confrontation as a substitute for debate, and the most illogical and unfitting extensions of the Bill of Rights as protections for psychotic and criminal elements in our society…. We have seen all too clearly that there are men—now in power in this country—who do not represent authority, who cannot cope with tradition, and who believe that the people of America are ready to support revolution as long as it is done with a cultured voice and a handsome profile.
ATTRIBUTION: Vice President SPIRO T. AGNEW, address to the American Retail Federation, Washington, D.C., May 4, 1970.—John R. Coyne, Jr., The Impudent Snobs, p. 324 (1972).
SUBJECTS: Politicians