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Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are...the voters of this country.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the...special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful.
Charles W. Pickering
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
Louis D. Brandeis
Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment.
Robert M. Hutchins
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Adlai E. Stevenson
A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy.
A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.
Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.
Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of our democracy.
To make a democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.
I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work. Of course it doesn't work. We are supposed to work it.
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
We always hear about the rights of democracy, but the major responsibility of it is participation.
It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
Hubert H. Humphrey
But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.
Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it's not something that happens just with one event. It's an ongoing building process.
As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.