"Two weeks ago, in the midst of all these polls about people being concerned about the military budget, my colleagues, in four hours and forty minutes, with time off for lunch in the middle, passed a $255.1 billion military budget. Now, you tell me anybody can intelligently debate a quarter of a trillion-dollar budget in four hours and 40 minutes? The vote was 40 to 3….Do you think, on a ratio of 40 to 3….that the American people want to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars on the military budget? But that’s how far away my colleagues are from the American people. Maybe we’ve arrived at a point where this system does not serve us well. I don’t see anything sacrosanct about the two-party system."
- U.S. Representative Dellums discussing the Reagan’s authoritarian military program in May 1982