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Quotes on "Democracy" [Sep. 3rd, 2004|04:39 pm]
Peter Sheil
After my previous set of quotes and inspired [do I mean that?] by what has been going on in New York I thought I'd share some quotes on "Democracy", cynic that I am :)

Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
Dan Quayle (1947 - ), 5/22/89

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.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"

In democracy its your vote that counts.; In feudalism its your count that votes.
Mogens Jallberg

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.
E. B. White (1899 - 1985), New Yorker, July 3, 1944

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Art Spander

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
Johnny Carson (1925 - )

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Tom Stoppard (1937 - ), Jumpers (1972) act 1

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Alan Corenk


From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-09-03 09:08 am (UTC)
Whats going on in NY? Missed all news cuz all our channelsare broadcasting from Beslan...
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-09-03 09:27 am (UTC)
Some minor political party thing that is trying to get President Bush re-elected. Your news channels made the right call ignoring it!

You know the Democrats had a conference in Boston a few weeks back? Well this was the Republicans having their "party" in New York. Lots of glitter and razzle and some political statements designed to get keep the democratic world in a safe pair of hands [now where is the "end sarcasm tag?]

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From: gorgeous_yulia
2004-09-03 09:46 am (UTC)
ahhhh yep i've seen it. cant believe how many ppl support Bush. I mean... he is just ridiculous. I remember during last elections my American friends were 100 percent sure he wouldnt be elected, funny how it happened.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-09-03 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, very funny! For a democracy America has some strange electoral practices.
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