The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is... the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
-Alexis de Tocqueville-
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. -Winston Churchill-
...and a few quotes reminding me just how important it is that I (that we all) proudly do so.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower-
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-
No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.
(Letter to Benjamin Lincoln, June 29, 1788)