Quotes on Fair Elections

What are you favorite quotes that inspire you to fight against corruption? 

We created this page to share inspiring and insightful quotes from our past and the current debate. As we collect these we will share and we will look for creative ways to make these quotes part of the much needed debate.  If you have an idea for how we can promote, let us know.

 

Lincoln3.jpg“Allow all the governed an equal voice in the government, and that, and that only is self-government.”

- Abraham Lincoln, 1854  


“A representative democracy only works when everyone truly has a voice, and when the voices of the many aren’t drowned out by the pocketbooks of a few.” 

 - Helena Independent Record Editorial, Feb. 21, 2012

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"For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation…. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains."

- Theodore Roosevelt, 1910


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commented 2012-09-25 11:42:07 -0600
What the Supreme Court did is a combination of arrogance, naiveté and stupidity the likes of which I have never seen. Since when is a corporation a person? — U.S. Sen. John McCain
commented 2012-08-26 09:39:14 -0600
commented 2012-08-22 10:13:19 -0600
The difference between money and speech is easily illustrated. At the end of a court trial, an attorney makes closing statements summarizing his or her case and attempting the jury to vote for the outcome he or she represents. This is speech. Imagine if instead the attorney handed out large sums of cash to each member of the jury, hoping that this would influence them to vote his or her way. That would be illegal and immoral, because money is, most emphatically, NOT speech.


- I don’t remember where I read this, or who said it, but it is the best argument I’ve heard for money does not equal speech.
followed this page 2012-08-21 21:15:51 -0600
commented 2012-08-21 21:13:35 -0600
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

― H.L. Mencken
commented 2012-08-20 21:44:57 -0600
REASON OBEYS ITSELFIGNORANCE SUBMITS TO WHATEVER IS DICTATED TO IT. Thomas Pain
commented 2012-08-20 15:50:06 -0600
“American business and the enterprise system have been affected as much by the courts as by the executive and legislative branches of government. Under our constitutional system, especially with an activist-minded Supreme Court, the judiciary may be the most important instrument for social, economic and political change.”


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“It is time for American business — which has demonstrated the greatest capacity in all history to produce and to influence consumer decisions — to apply their great talents vigorously to the preservation of the system itself.”


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“…Independent and uncoordinated activity by individual corporations, as important as this is, will not be sufficient. Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale of financing available only through joint effort, and in the political power available only through united action and national organizations.”


All from the 1971 Lewis F. Powell memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Attack on American Free Enterprise System.”
commented 2012-08-20 15:12:04 -0600
“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

Abe Lincoln 1864
commented 2012-08-20 14:10:08 -0600
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
commented 2012-08-20 12:44:44 -0600
“I am open, and I am willing.

To be disheartened would be so strange.

It dishonors those who’ve gone before us.

Lift me up to the Light Of Change.”

—Holly Near
commented 2012-08-20 12:44:18 -0600
“Thus corporations finally claimed the full rights enjoyed by individual citizens while being exempted from many of the responsibilities and liabilities of citizenship. Furthermore, in being guaranteed the same right to free speech as individual citizens, they achieved, in the words of Paul Hawken, ‘precisely what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent: domination of public thought and discourse.’ The subsequent claim by corporations that they have the same right as any individual to influence the government in their own interest pits the individual citizen against the vast financial and communications resources of the corporation and mocks the constitutional intent that all citizens have an equal voice in the political debates surrounding important issues.” David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World
commented 2012-08-20 12:24:47 -0600
The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the Bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.. corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.

Abraham Lincoln


We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln


I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson


If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." Thomas Jefferson
commented 2012-08-20 12:09:27 -0600
Education is when you read the fine print – experience is what you get when you don’t.

Pete Seeger
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commented 2012-08-20 11:55:43 -0600
published this page in About 2012-08-20 10:43:00 -0600