A Time for Choosing

If you haven’t already voted today (or in early voting), here are a few quotes from wise people of the past (and at least one who’s still with us) to inspire–and in some cases to warn– you as you prepare to do your civic duty:

“When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.” –Noah Webster

“Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. ”  Thomas Jefferson

“The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. “–John Jay

“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.”–James Garfield

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” –Frederick Douglass

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.”–Samuel Adams

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. “–Ronald Reagan

“Few of the great tragedies of history were created by the village idiot, and many by the village genius.”– Thomas Sowell

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”–Dwight D. Eisenhower

“That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and, hence, is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.”– Abraham Lincoln

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. “–Samuel Adams

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”–George Washington

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”– 2 Chronicles 7:14

…and one more from President Reagan:  “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15th.”
If you’ve never listened to President Reagan’s speech “A Time for Choosing” from 1964, it’s worth listening to now, and is very applicable to what we’re facing today.


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