I could think of no worse example for nations abroad, who for the first time were trying to put free electoral procedures into effect, than that of the United States wrangling over the results of our presidential election, and even suggesting that the presidency itself could be stolen by thievery at the ballot box.
Elections, especially of representatives and counselors, should be annual, there not being in the whole circle of the sciences a maxim more infallible than this, ‘where annual elections end, there slavery begins.’ These great men … should be (chosen) once a year — Like bubbles on the sea of matter bourne, they rise, they break, and to the sea return. This will teach them the great political virtues of humility, patience, and moderation, without which every man in power becomes a ravenous beast of prey.
The natural cure for an ill-administration … is a change of men.
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
Unless they can pass the same test that immigrants must pass to become citizens, people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. The idea that there is some public benefit in ignoramuses and morons pulling levers next to names on a ballot is one of the evil myths of post-modern America. The purpose of voting, in our country, is to select men and women with the competence and integrity to operate the mechanics of government fixed by our Constitution. For this process to have any public benefit requires that the choices be made on an intelligent, knowledgeable and reasoned basis.
PLEBISCITE, n. A popular vote to ascertain the will of the sovereign.
The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and
every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.
VOTE, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: Soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order.