If Abe Lincoln Could Vote Tomorrow...

People for centuries now have been involved in the political process. I wonder what our forefathers would think of the elections of our day? What would they say if they sat and watched or listened to the mainstream media with all the attack ads, mudslinging and promise of change? In spite of all this stuff would they still be inspired or would they be sick to their stomach? Here are some interesting quotes I found earlier today about voting and the political process from centuries gone bye:

From the 18th Century

"If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes."
--Daniel Webster

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.”
--Noah Webster

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
--Thomas Paine

"Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."
--William Penn

From the 19th Century

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
--Abraham Lincoln

From the 20th Century

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
--Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”
--John F. Kennedy

"In a world that might say one vote doesn't matter..., it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God... Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen."
--Billy Graham

From the 21st Century

"We have a duty to our country to participate in the political process. See, if you believe in freedom, you have a duty to exercise your right to vote to begin with. I'm [here] to encourage people to do their duty, to go to the polls. I want all people, no matter what their political party is or whether they even like a political party, to exercise their obligation to vote."
--George W. Bush

“Our first civic duty is to vote. If you don’t vote, you are abandoning the biblical obligation to be a responsible citizen.”
--Chuck Colson

Sadly, while more Americans now have the right to vote, the number of Americans who exercise this right continues to dwindle. Today, less than one in four Christians votes. Near 30 million Christians aren’t even registered to vote! What a shame.


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