Monday, November 3, 2008

Tuesday is Election Day in the United States

In honor of Election Day, I offer some random quotes on voting...

“To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.” --Louis L'Amour (1908-1988)

“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves” -- Thomas Sowell (b. 1930)

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do. --Wendell Berry (b. 1934)

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. -- Andrew Lack (?)

Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

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 (1767-1848)

If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. -- Orson Scott Card (b. 1951)

When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1990)

Socialism in America will come through the ballot box. -- Gus Hall (1910-2000)

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...[we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing. -- Walter Judd (1898-1994)

So, if you are a citizen of the USA, are you planning on voting in this election?

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