This was originally published at Missing Filter by Basic Pitch on October 13, 2016. 

Much has been said about the words used by Donald Trump so I decided to take a look at some of the words used by the men who have held the office to which he aspires.

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. – George Washington

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. – John Adams

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. – Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. – James Madison

The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.   – James Monroe

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. – Andrew Jackson

The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.  – Martin Van Buren

There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power. – William Henry Harrison

I can never consent to being dictated to.  – John Tyler

One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. – James K. Polk

It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe.  – Zachary Taylor

It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.  – Millard Fillmore

With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. – Franklin Pierce

The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men. – James Buchanan

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide. – Andrew Johnson

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace. – Ulysses S. Grant

One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals. – Rutherford B. Hayes

A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil. – James A. Garfield

The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it. – Chester A. Arthur

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. – Grover Cleveland

War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed. – William McKinley

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people. – William Howard Taft

America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. – Woodrow Wilson

America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration;… not surgery but serenity. – Warren G. Harding

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. – Calvin Coolidge

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. – Herbert Hoover

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. – Franklin Roosevelt

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S. Truman

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. – Lyndon B. Johnson

Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits. – Richard M. Nixon

Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. – Gerald Ford

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. – James Carter

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life. – Ronald Reagan

We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity. – George H.W. Bush

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – Bill Clinton

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.  – George W. Bush

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama

Grab ’em by the pussy. – Donald Trump

Quite a difference.

Posted by:Basic Pitch

Basic Pitch is a worn out single mother of two with resting bitch face who doesn't have time for your racist, misogynistic, classist, ableist, xenophobic, intolerant bullshit. She is an atheist, tree hugging, pro-science, pro-gun control, pro-vaccination, pro-choice, feminist, liberal snowflake. She also likes reading, baseball, and long walks on the beach.

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