Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.— Abraham Lincoln
Revealing Voting And Democracy quotations
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Of the people, by the people, for the people.
When you're not doing so well, vote for a better life for yourself. If you are doing quite nicely, vote for a better life for others.
Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.
When I saw how the European Union was developing, it was very obvious what they had in mind was not democratic. In Britain, you vote for a government so the government has to listen to you, and if you don't like it you can change it.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
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.
Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner.
Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Democracy means far more than the right to vote every five years.
It means the right to participate in every aspect of national and community life. The people must believe that they can take part.
Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch.
Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing.
Whether we or 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.
Technically, the city of Ankh-Morpork is a Tyranny, which is not always the same thing as a monarchy, and in fact even the post of Tyrant has been somewhat redefined by the incumbent, Lord Vetinari, as the only form of democracy that works. Everyone is entitled to vote, unless disqualified by reason of age or not being Lord Vetinari.
Voting is actually an exercise in futility and only used to convey false credibility to a controlled political system totally divorced from the people
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.
Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.
One-man-one-vote combined with "free entry" into government-democracy--implies that every person and his personal property comes within reach of-and is up for grabs by-everyone else: a "tragedy of the commons" is created.
What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'.
There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.
Democracy means that people can say what they want to.
All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well.
Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority.
Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.
You can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Democracy is one person, one vote and a full discussion of the issues that affect us. Oligarchy is billionaires buying elections, voter suppression and a concentrated corporate media determining what we see, hear and read.
I ran because I became convinced after King was shot and killed, and Martin Luther King was one of the great heroes of my life, that politics is not perfect but it's the best available nonviolent means of changing how we live. If we don't like how we live, we can participate in the perfect most revolutionary act in a democracy, it's called voting.
Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted.
Well, it all began with Democracy. Before we had the vote all the power was in the hands of rich people. If you had money you could get health care, education, look after yourself when you were old, and what democracy did was to give the poor the vote and it moved power from the marketplace to the polling station, from the wallet...to the ballot.
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
The great majority of women are more intelligent, better educated, and far more moral than multitudes of men whose right to vote no man questions.
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.
As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.
Democracy means that you have the right to vote without intimidation and undue burdens.
President Bush announced tonight that he believes in democracy and that democracy can exist in Iraq. They can have a strong economy, they can have a good health care plan, and they can have a free and fair voting. Iraq? We can't even get this in Florida.
The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness.