Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Go Vote!

I love this country.

Join me in celebrating its most ancient and significant ritual, its most enduring tradition and its source of strength: vote or be damned.
Update: Thank you all. Voter turnout was up in something like 46 states.

Here, in honor of the day, is a special "Freedom and Democracy"-themed collection of quotations:

"Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H.L. Mencken

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

"Liberty does not consist merely of denouncing Tyranny, any more than horticulture does of deploring and abusing weeds, or even pulling them out." -- Arthur Bryant, 24 June 1939

"The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot." -- William Ralph Inge, End of an Age (1948)

"Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience." -- Isaiah Berlin, Two Concepts of Liberty (1958)

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Thomas Jefferson, 13 November 1787

"Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open." -- Clive Bell, Civilization (1928)

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