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Quotes of the Day for 5 November 2002 – Voting

Despite my cynicism regarding most politicians, I still feel strongly about the opportunity and responsibility to vote. Today is not only an election, but the anniversary of quite a few others. Notably, the first president of the US, John Hanson, was elected on this day in 1781. Susan B. Anthony voted on this day in 1875 and was arrested for it. Richard Nixon was elected on this day in 1968. And Susan B. would be proud: On this day in 1974 Ellen Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut, the first woman to be elected governor of any state without benefit of being related to the previous governor. So, as Al Capone said in Chicago, "Vote early, and vote often!"

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The quotes:

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order.... With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.
     - Edward Roscoe Murrow, 1908 - 1965

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
     - George Jean Nathan

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
     - Gore Vidal

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
     - John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.
     - Otto von Bismarck, 1815 - 1898


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