To change masters is not to be free.
more Jose Marti y Perez quotes
There is danger in the concentration of control in the television and radio networks, especially in the large television and radio stations; danger in the concentration of ownership in the press…and danger in the increasing concentration of selection by book publishers and reviewers and by the producers of radio and television programs.
more Eugene McCarthy quotes
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.
more H. L. Mencken quotes
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
more H. L. Mencken quotes
Sometimes, when leading families or merchants organized a government for their city, they not only provided for some power sharing through voting but took pains to reduce the probability that the government's chief executive could assume autocratic power. For a time in Genoa, for example, the chief administrator of the government had to be an outsider -- and thus someone with no membership in any of the powerful families in the city. Moreover, he was constrained to a fixed term of office, forced to leave the city after the end of his term, and forbidden from marrying into any of the local families. In Venice, after a doge who attempted to make himself autocrat was beheaded for his offense, subsequent doges were followed in official processions by a sword-bearing symbolic executioner as a reminder of the punishment intended for any leader who attempted to assume dictatorial power.
more Mancur Olson quotes
Our federal government, which was intended to operate as a very limited constitutional republic, has instead become a virtually socialist leviathan that redistributes trillions of dollars. We can hardly be surprised when countless special interests fight for the money. The only true solution to the campaign money problem is a return to a proper constitutional government that does not control the economy. Big government and big campaign money go hand-in-hand.
more Dr. Ron Paul quotes
[Transcription of some of the signs in Washington during the peace march January 18, 2003]
more Peace March Signs quotes
Unless they can pass the same test that immigrants must pass to become citizens, people shouldn't be allowed to vote. The idea that there is some public benefit in ignoramuses and morons pulling levers next to names on a ballot is one of the evil myths of post-modern America. The purpose of voting, in our country, is to select men and women with the competence and integrity to operate the mechanics of government fixed by our Constitution. For this process to have any public benefit requires that the choices be made on an intelligent, knowledgeable and reasoned basis.
more Charley Reese quotes
Elections are a good deal like marriages, there's no accounting for anyone's taste. Every time we see a bridegroom we wonder why she ever picked him, and it's the same with Public Officials.
more Will Rogers quotes
I guess truth can hurt you worse in an election than about anything that can happen to you.
more Will Rogers quotes
On account of us being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only people in the world that has to keep a government four years no matter what it does.
more Will Rogers quotes
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
more Will Rogers quotes
Envy is the basis of Democracy.
more Bertrand Russell quotes
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
more George Bernard Shaw quotes
An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
more George Bernard Shaw quotes
I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.
more William Tecumseh Sherman quotes
It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the constitution with which they are not in sympathy.
more Alfred E. Smith quotes
I think I have served the purpose that I came here for, which was to provide a credible election product for our members.
more Brenda Snipes quotes
The reason so many problems do not get solved in Washington is that solving those problems is not the No. 1 priority: Re-election is.
more Thomas Sowell quotes
Any politician who starts shouting election-year demagoguery about the rich and the poor should be asked, "What about the other 90 percent of the people?
more Thomas Sowell quotes
The question is not what anybody deserves. The question is who is to take on the God-like role of deciding what everybody else deserves. You can talk about 'social justice' all you want. But what death taxes boil down to is letting politicians take money from widows and orphans to pay for goodies that they will hand out to others, in order to buy votes to get re-elected. That is not social justice or any other kind of justice.
more Thomas Sowell quotes
Compassion is the use of public funds to buy votes.
more Thomas Sowell quotes
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
more Art Spander quotes
A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
more Lysander Spooner quotes
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
more Josef Stalin quotes
It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
more Tom Stoppard quotes
[I]f we won’t choose to pay the price of liberty, then by default we shall suffer the cost of servitude -- whether it be the iron chains of a tyrannical oligarchy or the regulatory chains of unelected, faceless bureaucrats. When we witness our neighbors abused by tyrants, will we skulk away and hope we’re not next? Or will we stand by them and challenge -- as freedom-loving Americans -- the tyranny of lawless leaders.
more Phil Trieb quotes
It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
more Harry S. Truman quotes
As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?
more William Marcy Tweed quotes
I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating.
more William Marcy Tweed quotes
According to the Taranto Principle, the press's failure to hold left-wingers accountable for bad behavior merely encourages the left's bad behavior to the point that its candidates are repellent to ordinary Americans.
more R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. quotes
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.... The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again to bondage.
more Sir Alex Fraser Tytler quotes
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
more Sir Alex Fraser Tytler quotes
We need a law that will allow a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise.
more Unknown quotes
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
more Bill Vaughan quotes
...So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
more Voltaire quotes
Ten million ignorances do not constitute one knowledge.
more Clemens von Metternich quotes
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
more Noah Webster quotes
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
more E. B. White quotes
All over the Union, people are coming to feel that they have no control over the course of affairs... ‘We vote; we are offered the platform we want; we elect the men who stand on that platform; and we get absolutely nothing.’ So they begin to ask: ‘What is the use of voting? We know that the machines of both parties are subsidized by the same persons, and therefore it is useless to turn in either direction.’
more Woodrow Wilson quotes
We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world.
more Woodrow Wilson quotes
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