November 4th is Election Day. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or neither, “I voted!” stickers will be abundant. American pride will be showing. And, many dinner table conversations will focus on past presidents and our country’s future.
Midterms will set the stage for the race to the runoff in the next two years. Even though the percentage of voters for the midterms is about 15% less than for the primaries, almost everyone has an opinion. As we prepare for this important time, consider some of the notable things that have been said about elections.
“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.” – George Eliot, Felix Holt, Chapter 5
“The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.” – Clare Boothe Luce
“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 citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.” – Bill Vaughan
“Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.” – W.C. Fields
“How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?” – Author Unknown
“If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?” – Author Unknown
“Mankind will never see an end of trouble until… lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power… become lovers of wisdom.” – Plato, The Republic
“Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.” – Charles Krauthammer