Malaysians,You Are The Catalyst!

Posted by M ws On Sunday, May 5, 2013 0 comments
At long last, the day of reckoning has dawned on us. Today, Malaysians will go to the polls in GE 13. After all the campaigns, spins, news, smear campaigns, ceramahs, emails, smses, twits, FB updates, free dinners and what have you's not forgetting the philosophical battles with friends/relatives/colleagues, today is the day when Malaysians will have to walk the talk.

Just to inspire us so that we can have that extra bounce in our steps as we make our way to the ballot box, here's a selection of quotes on democracy and democracy to inspire you. Vote wisely! Ubah!

Malaysians, your vote is the catalyst for change!

1. Choosing not to vote is a vote for the status quo.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” ― David Foster Wallace

2. Who we elect will represent our values on the world’s stage.

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ― H.L. Mencken

3. Democracy doesn’t work unless you participate.

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. Voting — especially on propositions and local initiatives — is an opportunity to reduce inequality and improve life for all people.

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson

5. VOTE!

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things.

 In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.” ― Caroline Kennedy

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men." -- Lyndon B. Johnson

"We got the vote, which we should've been born with, in 1920. Everything we've had to struggle for -- it's ridiculous." -- Helen Thomas

"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking, and is voting for the other guy." -- William Proxmire

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -- Abraham Lincoln

Vote early and vote often.
Al Capone

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.
Alan Coren

I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election.
Augustus William Hare

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work.  Of course it doesn’t work.  We are supposed to work it.
Alexander Woollcott

A politician should have three hats.  One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.
Carl Sandburg

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.
Clare Boothe Luce

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
Clarence Darrow

Truth is not determined by majority vote.
Doug Gwyn

An election is coming.  Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
George Eliot

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

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
Jay Leno

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
Louis Brandeis

Our political institutions work remarkably well.  They are designed to clang against each other.  The noise is democracy at work.
Michael Novak

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
Oscar Ameringer

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until… lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power… become lovers of wisdom.

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
Richard Armour

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
Robert Orben

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
Sydney J. Harris

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.
Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.
Walter H. Judd

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
Will Rogers

"Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper."
Larry Flint

"These days many politicians are demanding change. Just like homeless people."
George Carlin

Vote early, vote wisely and God bless you!

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