Monday, November 06, 2006

Election Day

“If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government... The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.” —Calvin Coolidge

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).” - Ayn Rand

"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.” - William E. Simon

“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

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.” - Henry Louis Mencken

"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

"In times of stress and strain, people will vote." - anonymous

"People who don't vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests." - Marian Wright Edelman

"Personally, I believe that our American system works as long as you participate in it. You must vote and make your voice heard. Otherwise you will be left out." - Mari-Luci Jaramillo

"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

"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all." - John F. Kennedy

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

6 comments:

Do said...

Maggie - all of these are great quotes. Thanks for looking them up.

I have always maintained, and will continue to maintain, that those that can't be bothered to vote have no reason to gripe when the world does not go according to their ideals.

While we, as voters, can only do our best to support our respective candidates, at least we have taken the initiative to TRY to influence the direction our state/country will take.

Lisa Renee said...

Excellent quotes and excellent points.

:-)

Maggie Thurber said...

thanks!

Agreed, Do...if you don't participate you can't complain.

Lisa - thought this might be more enjoyable to read than any political analysis...I'm too tired of all the commercials!

-Sepp said...

Great post Maggie!

The funny thing is that the people who don't vote are usually the first to complain!

Lisa Renee said...

I don't watch that much tv since we don't have cable but even I was getting sick of the commercials.

:-)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Maggie,

I almost wish that I had read this before the election, but I was doing my pre-election homework ;-)

In my own defense:
I have never failed to vote... ever!

And, I tried to inform myself before each vote.

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