The modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism is loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
No matter how their leaders may have tried to skimp on money, no one, not even the politicians, who talked themselves red, white, and blue in the face, skimped on effort.
I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event.
If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.
Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.
Free and just political institutions are absolutely essential to the progress and development both of the individual and of the race.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Income tax filing and payment day should be moved from April 15th to November 1st so it can be close to election day. People ought to have their tax bills fresh in mind as they go to vote.
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary.
It is a paradox that far too few Americans participate in the wonderful ritual of democracy that we call Election Day.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
Where you stand should not depend on where you sit.
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