Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's that time again


Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.” --Bertrand Russell

Democracy is the road to socialism. --Karl Marx

Democracy passes into despotism. -- Plato

Rule by the many is rule by the poor. -- Aristotle

We have the best government money can buy. -– Mark Twain

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. --H. L. Mencken

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. -- Churchill


(Why these strangely unrelated photos? Why not; it's a free country.)

28 comments:

  1. Winston Churchill was brilliant...and right!!!

    A timely post Karin!!! Tomorrow I'm making the drive to Glendale so that I can vote on Tuesday...then back again in time for our anniversary celebration Tues night!!! My sample ballot did not get forwarded and I've not yet changed my registration!!!

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  2. Better you have the election than us.

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  3. when the world falls in love?
    Oops, wrong season.

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  4. The photos: small doorways of hope and freedom puncturing ancient, thick walls of stone and stolidity, built by emperors.

    Hey, you're the one who made a riddle.

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  5. It doesn't matter; I can't look!


    wv: doushlo



    What!!

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  6. Very cool photos. Doorways to hell? Doorways to redemption? We get to choose.

    Love the Mark Twain quote - but they're all brilliant.

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  7. Fingers crossed. I can't think what else to do, except vote.

    I LOVE these photos! Where'd you take them? Huh? Where?

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  8. Well, we have fair warning. And you're exercising some of your first amendment rights.

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  9. Those walls look awfully familiar - where have you been?

    I'm not a citizen, so I can't vote - but this is one election in which I wish I COULD. The worst-case scenario outcome frightens me more than Hallowe'en.

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  10. Love the photos. Thought about some comments I could make about politics, but thought better of it.

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  11. "We have the best government money can buy. -– Mark Twain" Hee!

    I thought the arches were a nice common theme in the photos.

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  12. I miss being able to actually SAY that I live in a free country...not that I notice the difference :-)

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  13. Ah, the end of the 24/7 2010 election, and the beginning of the 24/7 2012 election. How many hours do you reckon they'll give us between the two?

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  14. I forgot to add this. What about Gloria Steinham's "Everything political is personal." And vice versa. Or did I reverse it? In any case, it's reversible.

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  15. Petrea - There is only one reason my fingers will be crossed tonight, and it has nothing to do with elections or voting!

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  16. The Frenchman and I were just talking about how ridiculous it is that a handful of people can hold the majority at ransom. (It's a much longer story). And I said, "That's democracy."

    I like the one about the circus & the monkey cage.

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  17. I tried to slip in something for everyone. Whoever does win, I give it seven days before we start hearing about what failures they are.

    (One wall came from east Palm, the other from west Palm, which I thought was fitting. P, I'll have to take you on a little break and enter excursion. Don't tell the Chief.)

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  18. We're not that shortsighted!

    Eight days.

    I'm ready to excurse.

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  19. Oh, is there an election coming up?

    All I can say is FINALLY the damned political ads will stop. I'm about to lose my mind.

    I've got a few quotes to add to your excellent collection:

    Harold: What's that?

    Maude: My umbrella? Oh, that's just a relic. I found it when I was packing to come to America. It used to be my defense on picket lines and rallies and political meetings -- being dragged off by police or attacked by thugs of the opposition. A long time ago.

    Harold: What were you fighting for?

    Maude: Oh, big issues. Liberty. Rights. Justice. Kinds died and kingdoms fell. I don't regret the kingdoms -- what sense in borders and nations and patriotism -- but I do miss the kings.

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  20. I don't know about the LA channels, we get Nevada...every commercial set has at least two each of Harry Reid and Sharron Angle...EVERY commercial set...at LEAST two of each!!!
    Yep...the system has gone bonkers!!! And truth be told, I believe that media stirs the frenzy...if it's not sensational, they're not interested...so even a relatively benign race becomes hot politics once the media gets to it.

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  21. I'm kinda with Bandit, though probably for different reasons, I'm afraid to look.

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  22. I'm expecting change at its usual glacial pace.

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  23. Just voted. Talk about 'the lesser of two evils' kind of choices. I don't even want to know who wins because in the end we all lose.

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  24. Don't have the right to comment. Didn't vote--because of the move.

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  25. I think the doors are portals. To the future? To the past? We'll find out. But I think I'll keep my eyes closed for a while.

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  26. Democracy is as long as you believe. -- unknown

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  27. 'Viva la differance', or something like that.

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