Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Election Day Wisdom

all over South Dakota a small minority believers in the democratic process are casting votes in municipal and school board elections.  A few folks far wiser than I have offered some important observations about the process.  On this day, I will let their wisdom stand without comment.  I'll let their enlightened cynicism stand without comment as well.

In the first place God made idiots.  This was for practice.  Then he made school boards.--Mark Twain

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

No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.--H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.--George Bernard Shaw

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

Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free man's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.--Ambrose Bierce

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

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.--John Kenneth Galbraith

An election is nothing more than the advanced auction of stolen goods.--Ambrose Bierce

We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction.  Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.--Woody Allen

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