Bob Schaffer Quotes

  • Vote counting and ballot collecting does not occur in the light of day. There are too many occasions when observers and opposing parties lose contact with the ballots.
  • My mother is Ukrainian. She immigrated to the U.S. from Canada as a child.
  • As long as the opposition believes the world will stand with Ukraine's democrat reformers, they will have the leverage and the courage to establish a legitimate republic under the leadership of Viktor Yushchenko.
  • The objective of the demonstrators is to win the affection of the armed agents of the government. Most of the Kiev police have now pledged their support for the people.
  • One cannot help being impressed by the protesters. They have begun each day of the protest in Kiev in prayer and all activities are accomplished with a collective sense of respect, kindness, and an intention to conduct a peaceful revolution.
  • The Russians have a lot at stake, and the power of Moscow pride should never be underestimated.
  • I would love to see the French spending money to restore Iraq.
  • Though there is growing division among the Ukrainian military ranks as to loyalty in this revolution, the possibility of violence looms over the entire situation.
  • Salazar's record is one of weakness; he hasn't been a good attorney general.
  • It is unlikely Yanukovich won. If he did, his government made it impossible to determine.
  • The Western media tends to place a lot of emphasis on official institutions in Ukraine such as its supreme court, the central election commission, and the parliament. In reality, the people of Ukraine now control their destiny.
  • There are many hands touching ballots after a voter drops his ballot into the ballot box. There is no guarantee of ballot secrecy for anyone, which makes the whole system vulnerable to intimidation and bribery.
  • The demonstrators in Ukraine will persevere and succeed, or grow tired, cold and fade.
  • The revolution has been dubbed The Orange Revolution, orange being the campaign color of Viktor Yushchenko. The demonstrators say they are tired of living under a corrupt government.
  • The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents.
  • In the late afternoons and early evenings, the crowd is easily over 1 million. That many people simply can't fit in Independence Square. The demonstration spills in to the streets for several blocks.
  • The first thing the federal government can do to help is get out of the way.
  • Reducing the tax burden is necessary to produce economic growth.
  • Government is just spending too much money.