That Election

Sunday, October 31, 2010 – That Election

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates. ~ Gore Vidal

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~ Robert Orben

Elections are held to delude the populace into believing that they are participating in government. ~ Gerald F. Lieberman

The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections. ~ Lord Acton

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work – that goes on, it adds up. ~ Barbara Kingsolver

It’s exciting; I don’t know whether I’m going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I’m ready for the job. And, if not, that’s just the way it goes. ~ George W. Bush

As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing. ~ Karl Rove

Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting. ~ Robert Frost

Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us. ~ Dan Quayle

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there. ~ Maureen Reagan

Win or lose, we go shopping after the election. ~ Imelda Marcos

You will expect me to discuss the late election. Well, as nearly as I can learn, we did not have enough votes on our side. ~ Herbert Hoover

The Democrats think Republicans are stealing elections. The Republicans think Democrats are stealing elections. And those of us independent of the two old parties know they are both right. ~ Kevin Zeese

We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs. ~ Will Rogers

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates. ~ Jay Leno

Why do the people humiliate themselves by voting? I didn’t vote because I have dignity. If I had closed my nose and voted for one of them, I would spit on my own face. ~ Oriana Fallaci

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. ~ Winston Churchill

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. ~ James Russell Lowell

Democracy: The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it. ~ Benjamin Lichtenberg

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ~George Eliot

I don’t know much about Americanism, but it’s a damn good word with which to carry an election. ~ Warren G. Harding

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods. ~ Henry Louis Mencken

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. ~ Sydney J. Harris

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected. ~ Carl Sandburg

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it. ~ Alexander Woollcott

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~ Oscar Ameringer

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. ~ Emma Goldman

Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win. ~ Dan Quayle

Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man’s choice, and is highly prized. ~ Ambrose Bierce

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. ~ Gore Vidal