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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stuff I read today: Election Day, November 8, 2016


Voting is a civic sacrament.

-Theodore Hesburgh (1917-2015). Father Hesburgh was president of Notre Dame University for 35 years, held sixteen appointments to presidential commissions and boards, and was awarded 150 honorary degrees.

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting.

-Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was a German-born American poet and writer.

Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.

-Tony Snow (1955-2008)  was a Fox News host, columnist and press secretary to the second President Bush.

I think voting for the lesser of two evils in game theory always leads to more evil.

-Penn Jillette (1955-  ) is a magician, Ayn Rand enthusiast, Libertarian, and a fellow of the Cato Institute.

In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in twelve years, we'll be voting for plants.

-Lewis Black (1948-  ) is an American comedian.

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.

-Al Smith (1873-1944) was governor of New York and the 1928 Democratic Party nominee for president.

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.

-Robert Frost (1874-1963), was an American poet.

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 (1950-  ) is a Republican political consultant and former aide for the second President Bush.

Voting has proliferated in the United States, and it has reached a point where there is now almost one vote available per citizen over the age of eighteen.

-P.J. O’Rourke (1948-  ) is an American satirist.

I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man's place in the Islamic society.

-Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) was prime minister of Pakistan, 1988-90 and 1993-96.

I've been ostracized before in legislative bodies for voting against the majority. That doesn't bother me.

-Terry Sanford (1917-1998) was Governor of North Carolina, president of Duke University, and a United States Senator.

In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.

-Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965) was governor of Illinois, US ambassador to the United Nations, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956.

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