Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Democracy, lies and politicians

On Sunday evening many of you would have seen the BBC2 programme about Freedom. Worrying stuff indeed.
Yesterday morning on BBC Radio 4, I heard David Cameron use those immortal words, "we must change peoples habits" (sounds more like the dictator Blair every day) and a little earlier I had to endure that snivelling, nauseating twirp called Milliband trying to justify his green anti-capitalist stupidity with John Humphreys. I think this below from "Big Brother" in Canada sums things up.

We are having an election here right now and the politicians are making promises right, left and center. Promises that everyone knows they will never keep. (and politicians wonder why they are about as popular as a dose of clap) So to make things a little less cynical, or maybe to prove I ain't the only cynic here, here are some quotes on the the subject of democracy.

  • Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 11, 1947
  • Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
  • Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear, ALAN COREN
  • Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
  • It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. TOM STOPPARD, Jumpers (Ah those hangin' chads and electronic voting machines)
  • Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right. H.L. MENCKEN
  • The ballot is stronger than the bullet. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech, May 19, 1856
  • The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. WINSTON CHURCHILL
  • Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists
  • It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The American Democrat
  • Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  • In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing. ANATOLE FRANCE, Penguin Island
  • The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. ROBERT HUTCHINS
  • Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. E.B. WHITE
  • Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. H.L. MENCKEN
  • Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. HELEN KELLER (a very wise woman)
  • Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. ARISTOTLE
  • Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike. PLATO
  • Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. H.L. MENCKEN
  • Democracy is the road to socialism. KARL MARX

  • I love the last one!

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