1. "Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods." - H.L. Mencken.
Discuss, with reference to the election campaign as it's shaping up.
2. "If at first you don't succeed, you aren't bribing the right people." - Anonymous.
Discuss with reference to the likely responses to the election campaign so far.
3. "Democracy will fail when people begin to think they can vote themselves rich." - P.J. O'Rourke.
Discuss, with reference both to this election and the trend from elections past.
4. When politicians talk "substance," they invariably either lie or spin. But when they insult each other, their insults are without exception true.
Is this the only consolation of modern election campaigns?
UPDATE: A late question for those wondering why the Red Team seem to have captured the electoral high ground, while the Blue Team is still playing catch-up:
5. "In any conflict between two men or two groups who hold the same basic principles [in this case, that the State should manage everything], it is the more consistent one who wins." - Ayn Rand.
Discuss with reference to the fundamental principles of both Red and Blue teams. For extra marks, discuss the relevance of Rand's observation to the US elections as well.