Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quote of the Day (Theodore H. White, on Voting as ‘The Only Substitute for Violence’)

“The general vote is an expression of national will, the only substitute for violence and blood. Its verdict is to be defended as one defends civilization itself.” —Theodore H. White, The Making of the President: 1960 (1961)

For years, that statement sounded like Civics 101: so simple, so pious. Now, it rings with unexpected eloquence. 

This election, one Presidential candidate, to his eternal shame, has forgotten that lesson because he can’t stand being labeled a loser. With his campaign devalued, he now wants to debase the democracy process itself. For that crowning reason, he needs to be defeated soundly.

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