Remember the men and women of our military and diplomatic corps have paid for your right to vote around the world with their own lives and the lives of their children, friends and neighbors for well over 200 years. I’ve chosen twelve quotes that I feel represent some of the best thinking on the power of your individual vote.
• “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” Lyndon B. Johnson
• “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.” Thomas Jefferson
• “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” John Quincy Adams
• “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
• “Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet.” Abraham Lincoln
• “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
• “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate–look to his character.” Noah Webster
• “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams
• When a fellow tells me he’s bipartisan, I know he’s going to vote against me.” Harry Truman
• “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
• “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
• “While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.” George Washington
Let their words inspire you and motivate you to get to your local polling place. I hope to see you at the election booth.