GiN Quotes: Democracy

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Persists in Asking

“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

Democracy at Ugliest

“Television is democracy at its ugliest.” -Paddy Chayefsky

An Act of Faith

“In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.” -J. William Fullbright

Democratic Elections

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

Voting for Least Disliked

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” -Robert Byrne

Never Lasts Long

“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that didn’t commit suicide.”-John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814

Democracy Doesn’t Work

“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

Democracy Permanent?

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result 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 200 years.” -Attributed to Alexander Fraser Tyler, Lord Woodhouselee

Will Cease to Exist

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  -Thomas Jefferson

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