— W.C. Fields actor 1880 - 1946
As recounted by Robert Lewis Taylor in W.C. Fields: His Follies and Fortunes Variant: I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.
— W.C. Fields actor 1880 - 1946
„Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.“
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
— Lobão Brazilian musician 1957
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— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
— Lucy Parsons American communist anarchist labor organizer 1853 - 1942
Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity - Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937
— Gore Vidal, Screening History
Ch. 1: The Prince and the Pauper, p. 5 Sometimes quoted as: Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.
„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, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
Context: 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 psychological 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. Up, Simba
„Let the black man vote when he is fit to vote; prohibit the white man voting when he is unfit to vote.“
— Warren G. Harding American politician, 29th president of the United States (in office from 1921 to 1923) 1865 - 1923
Speech at Birmingham, Alabama, published in the Birmingham Post (27 October 1921) quoted in Political Power in Birmingham, 1871-1921 (1977) by Carl V. Harris (1977) University of Tennessee Press, .
„There never can be a convention... that shall bind my vote against my will on any question whatever.“
— James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
Speech at the 1880 Republican National Convention http://fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2015/07/02/22640/
„Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It's the other way around. They never vote for us.“
— Dan Quayle American politician, lawyer 1947
— Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
Context: It is not decided by votes what is true; otherwise we could never come to any truth, ever. People will vote for what is comfortable — and lies are very comfortable because you don't have to do anything about them, you just have to believe. Truth needs great effort, discovery, risk, and it needs you to walk alone on a path that nobody has traveled before. Your Answers Questioned (2003)
— Joe the Plumber American conservative activist and commentator 1973
Though Wurzelbacher agreed with a statement first made to him by an elderly audience member during a press appearance: "A vote for Obama is a vote for the death to Isreal, I'll guarantee you that.", he did not actually say it himself, but did reply, "You know what? I'll actually go ahead and agree with you on that one." - YouTube video including the statement in Columbus, Ohio (28 October 2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71iNvPQXuk0
„Grandstanding leaders never deliver, their fury mounts and mounts, and nevertheless they turn out every two years to return their right-wing heroes to office for a second, a third, a twentieth try. The trick never ages; the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated then ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs are rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.“
— Thomas Frank American political analyst, historian and writer 1965
Ibid. (p. 7).
— Günter Nooke German politician 1959
BBC (UK Version), November 14, 2003: "CDU red-faced over 'anti-Semitism' row" During the Hohmann crisis - voting for the expulsion, but saying the No votes represented a kick-back against "political correctness"