Our View: Words from history frame our elections

Published 9:49 am Monday, May 21, 2018

Tomorrow, citizens across Kentucky will go to the voting booths to make decisions critical to our future. Our democracy depends on it.

Far too much attention is paid to presidential elections while local races and primaries like we face Tuesday are often overlooked. We hope to see a strong voter turnout so we ensure we have a government for the people, by the people.

Here is a collection of great quotations that illustrate the importance of allowing your vote to be heard.

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“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.” — lawyer and politician Robert Kennedy

“Is the purpose of free elections to allow the most clever and vicious person to aggregate power, or is the purpose of free elections to enable the American people to have a serious conversation about their country’s future and try to find both a policy and a personality that they think will carry to them that better future?” — politician and author Newt Gingrich

“Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.” — author and activist Noam Chomsky

“The real truth is, I just want to keep the voice of dissent alive in all of our elections. I don’t really want to hang out with politicians.” — comedian Roseanne Barr

“The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse.” — Ralph Nader, Independent  politician

“My generation took on political equality. I believe young people, who have graduated into a poor economy, have an incentive to take on much tougher issues of income equality. If they show the leadership they have demonstrated in the last few elections, they can bring changes even greater than my generation achieved.” — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

“There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.” — Author Unknown

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” — U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let’s all go vote Tuesday and make democracy work as intended.