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Democracy Voting Quotes


"Voting is the first duty of democracy." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner." - Robert A Heinlein

"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Alfred Emanuel Smith

"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard

"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting." - Al Smith

"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting." - Tom Stoppard

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch." - Andrew Napolitano

"Democracy is four wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." - Ambrose Bierce

"Eventually I foresee voting on the Internet, which will lead to much more direct democracy." - Dick Gephardt

"Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns." - Arlen Specter

"When public access to voting is impaired or when public confidence in voting is diluted, democracy suffers and our freedom is less secure." - Deforest Soaries

"Democracy derailed is democracy denied." - Chaka Fattah

"I'm such a sap for democracy and politics that I get weepy when I see anybody voting." - Tucker Carlson

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - James Bovard

"Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues." - Howard Rheingold

"Democracy is about voting and it's about a majority vote. And it's time that we started exercising the Democratic process." - Debbie Stabenow

"We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy." - Lyndon B Johnson

"Democracy fascinates me." - Lee H Hamilton

"Democracy passes into despotism." - Plato

"We're not a democracy." - Gore Vidal

"Democracy is a process." - Paul Wolfowitz

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens." - Howard Zinn

"Just because a group does not take its decisions by voting does not mean they have no understanding of the essence of democracy." - George Ayittey

"Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right. A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy." - Jay Griffiths

"In a well-functioning democracy, citizens have the option of voting their political masters out of office. Not so in most companies." - Gary Hamel

"On my travels around the world, I've met people in countries where democracy doesn't exist and if it does, they are intimidated into voting in a certain way." - Ross Kemp

"Democracy is not just voting every 5 years and watching 'Big Brother' in between and wondering why nothing happens. Democracy is what we do and say where we live and work" - Tony Benn

"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." - Charles Bukowski

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy." - H L Mencken

"You can't have meaningful political democracy without functioning economic democracy." - Noam Chomsky

"Democracy is self-creating coherence." - Mary Parker Follett

"Justice delayed is democracy denied." - John F Kennedy

"Caesarism is democracy without liberty." - Taxile Delord

"Adultery: Democracy applied to love." - H L Mencken

"Democracy is the best revenge." - Benazir Bhutto

"Democracy is better than tyranny." - Periander

"Democracy is an insecure landscape." - Terry Tempest Williams

"Poetry is the ultimate democracy." - Brendan Kennelly

"Anarchism is democracy taken seriously." - Edward Abbey

"The best revenge is democracy." - Benazir Bhutto

"Socialism without democracy is unthinkable." - Karl Kautsky

"Democracy for an insignificant minority, democracy for the rich - that is the democracy of capitalist society." - Vladimir Lenin

"I think the people should demand accountability on the voting. I think there's no point in voting if you're not gonna demand fairness and be able to verify each vote. And other countries can do this fairly easily. So I don't think you really want democracy if you're not willing to take that first step." - Aaron Mcgruder

"The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Let the people decide whom to vote for, who has more authority. And only people, only our citizens, are able to place the final emphasis, voting for this or that person or political force, or rejecting it. Thats democracy." - Dmitry Medvedev

"American democracy is supposed to be the paradigm for the rest of the world, and it no longer is. Citizens cannot be guaranteed that they can walk into a voting booth with any assurance that their vote will be counted." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"Democracy 2.0. He shudders briefly. I'm not sure about the validity of voting projects at all, these days. The assumption that all people are of equal importance seems frighteningly obsolescent." - Charles Stross

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles B Rangel

"The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush's belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny." - John Ensign

"Voting is completely important. People in America think democracy is a given. I think of it as an ecosystem, and what gets in the way of it is politicians and apathy." - Henry Rollins

"I'd like people to be educated on the voting machines, making sure that our democracy isn't being hijacked by computer technology. There's no reason there can't be a paper trail on those machines." - Eddie Vedder

"Let the people decide whom to vote for, who has more authority. And only people, only our citizens, are able to place the final emphasis, voting for this or that person or political force, or rejecting it. That's democracy." - Dmitry Medvedev

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear." - Charles Rangel

"Indeed, when all parties campaign effectively the overall effect is to push up voting rates, as you see in tight marginal seats or close general elections. That must be good for democracy." - Lucy Powell

"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." - Jay Leno

"Active people to revitalize what is really the root of democracy: citizens communicating with each other. Democracy is not just about voting, it's about citizens talking with each other about the issues which concern them. We've lost a great deal of that in the age of the mass media." - Howard Rheingold

"At the end of the day, these are issues that need to be discussed: femicides, among other things - immigrant rights, women's' rights, indigenous people's rights, animal rights, Mother Earth's rights. If we don't talk about these topics, then we have no place in democracy. It won't exist. Democracy isn't just voting; it's relegating your rights." - Ruben Isaac Albarran Ortega

"The Internet has brought democracy to so many other things. It's about time the Internet brought democracy to democracy." - Joe Greene

"Obamacare is a crime against democracy." - Michele Bachmann

"Statistics are the heart of democracy." - Simeon Strunsky

"The real safeguard of democracy is education." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"The case for democracy is not esthetic." - George Will

"The Internet is democracy's revenge on democracy." - Molly Haskell

"Democracy must be our answer to terrorism" - Angela Merkel

"Democracy requires a certain relish for confusion" - Molly Ivins

"Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections." - Brent Scowcroft

"Whenever we defend democracy we find oil." - Peter Gabriel

"Democracy means decision by those concerned." - Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker

"Democracy and violence can ill go together." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." - Matt Taibbi

"The motive power of democracy is love" - Henri Bergson

"...without equality there can be no democracy." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

" make the world safe for democracy." - Woodrow Wilson

"Democracy is the breeding ground of communism," - Augusto Pinochet

"Democracy is mob rule with income taxes." - Gloria Steinem

"Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism." - Florence King

"Without democracy freedom is a chimera" - Octavio Paz

"The U.S. is a cosmetic democracy." - John Pilger

"There is no democracy without journalism." - Scott Pelley

"Democracy generally monopolizes and concentrates power." - Lord Acton

"Writing is tyranny ... but reading is democracy." - Philip Pullman

"Nothing so diminishes democracy as secrecy." - Ramsey Clark

"Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy." - Che Guevara

"Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies," - R.J. Rushdoony

"Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself." - Shirin Ebadi

"Democracy is not an instant coffee." - Mohamed Elbaradei

"Democracy is the road to socialism." - Karl Marx

"Government by blackmail is incompatible with democracy." - Jerrold Nadler

"Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." - Ron Paul

"Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy." - Plato

"The motive power of democracy is love." - Henri Bergson

"I don't believe in democracy by bayonet." - Alexander Lebedev

"Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood." - Augusto Pinochet

"I will protect democracy with my life." - Thaksin Shinawatra

"Democracy is not about one party dominating." - Ed Townsend

"I like the noise of democracy." - James Buchanan

"Voting for [Donald] Trump Is Voting Against Ourselves." - Kerry Washington

"Elections matter and voting counts." - Barack Obama

"Voting is a civic sacrament." - Theodore Hesburgh

"Democracy was being saved from Communism by getting rid of democracy." - Juan Bosch

"The taste of democracy becomes a bitter taste when the fullness of democracy is denied." - Max Lerner

"I am not an icon of democracy. You are all, collectively, the icon of democracy." - Corazon Aquino

"Winning Democracy for the Negro is winning the war for Democracy" - A Philip Randolph

"Will Iraq be a democracy? The question is, 'Will America be a democracy?'" - Howard Zinn

"There is no democracy without Socialism and No Socialism without Democracy" - Rosa Luxemburg

"Democracy brought to others through the barrel of a gun is not democracy." - Tzvetan Todorov

"I genuinely feel that the survival of this country lies in democracy and democracy alone." - Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

"There is no democracy in the world of intellect, and no democracy of taste." - Robertson Davies

"When threatened, the first thing a democracy gives up is democracy." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"Campaign ads are the backbone of American democracy if American democracy suffered a gigantic spinal injury." - John Oliver

"Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been a democracy with the institution of slavery?" - Tatyana Ali

"Anybody who asks for democracy to be introduced should respect the results of democracy." - Ismail Haniyeh

"If you don't have voter ID, you can just keep voting and voting and voting." - Donald Trump

"I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place." - George Bernard Shaw

"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote. Those rights are spelled out in the Bill of Rights and in our California Constitution. Voters and politicians alike would do well to take a look at the rights we each hold, which must never be chipped away by the whim of the majority." - James Bovard

"Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of? I call on Republicans at all levels of government, with all manner of ambition, to stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud. I'm calling for universal, automatic voter registration, every citizen in every state in the union." - Greg Gutfeld

"Voting in particular is an embarrassment, being a public display of weak character and low intelligence. Let us face the truth: Democracy, like spitting in public or the Roman games, is the proper activity of the lower intellectual and moral classes. It amounts to collusion in one's own suckering." - Fred Reed

"I will step outside the system. Voting for the "lesser evil"-or failing to vote at all-is part of the corporate agenda to crush what is left of our anemic democracy. And those who continue to participate in the vaudeville of a two-party process, who refuse to confront in every way possible the structures of corporate power, assure our mutual destruction." - Chris Hedges

"In fact, in some countries there are actually voting drives conducted in prison! But here in the U.S., we seem to take the idea of democracy a bit less seriously and people are denied the right to vote not only when they are in prison, but also upon release in many states." - Michelle Alexander

"Voting in this country has essentially been relegated to a very fledging group of election officials, who receive no training and operate on shoestring budgets on one hand, and political consultants whose job is to get their candidates elected on the other. And when you have that kind of scenario, it's really hard to describe yourself as a vibrant democracy. It's an embarrassment." - Deforest Soaries

"Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy - can't let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by non-citizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped." - Donald Trump

"There should be just no end to what we can do when we operate with the courage of our convictions and we get out there in the street, in the voting booth, we assert our power and we take our democracy back." - Jill Stein

"Many Americans do not realize that we could institute proportional representation for most elections in the U.S. without amending the Constitution. In helping to educate the public about the potential for voting system reform, CVD can play a central role in a pro-democracy movement right here in America!" - John Anderson

"If you rely on the media for your information, to educate yourself about the candidates and what issues are facing the country, then you get just part of the equation. I think it's important that we as citizens of this democracy take the responsibility to get as much information as possible before we go into the voting booth." - Donna Brazile

"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." - Maynard Jackson

"Changes are inseparable from democracy. To defend democracy is to defend the possibility of change; in turn, changes alone can strengthen democracy." - Octavio Paz

"Perhaps the most important thing I learned was about democracy, that democracy is not our government, our constitution, our legal structure. Too often they are enemies of democracy." - Howard Zinn

"We must fortify African democracy and peace by launching Radio Democracy for Africa, supporting the transition to democracy now beginning to take place in Nigeria." - William J Clinton

"No democracy is born perfect, and none ever gets to be perfect. Yet democracy is superior to authoritarian and totalitarian regimes because, unlike them, democracy is perfectible." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below." - Madeleine Albright

"Democracy is not brute numbers; it is a genuine union of true individuals...the essence of democracy is creating. The technique of democracy is group organization." - Mary Parker Follett

"When you restore democracy, you cannot say that only those who worked for the restoration of democracy will be allowed to use the privileges of a democracy." - Corazon Aquino

"Democracy cannot be static. Whatever is static is dead." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide." - Samuel Adams

"The world must be made safe for democracy." - Woodrow Wilson

"This election result has increased people's faith in democracy." - Narendra Modi

"You cannot have a democracy without an informed people." - Helen Thomas

"Popularity and democracy aren't a judge, they're just stats." - Ricky Gervais

"Democracy only works when we claim it as our own" - Bill Moyers

"Disarmament by war and democracy by occupation are difficult prospects." - Hans Blix

"One does not export democracy in an armored vehicle." - Jacques Chirac

"The best defense against democracy is to distract people." - Noam Chomsky

"A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate." - Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy is the best school to learn soft power." - Joseph Nye

"I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible." - Peter Thiel

"The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality." - Lord Acton

"Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy," - Mirabeau B. Lamar



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