Patriotic Statistics and Quotes
Use these statistics to encourage political involvement:
- One vote made the difference in 1948 when a Texas convention voted for Lyndon B. Johnson in a contested Senatorial election.
- In the 1960 presidential race, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by two-tenths of one percent of the vote. That averages out to less than one vote per precinct nationwide. Furthermore, Kennedy would have been defeated if one more person in each of ten Cook County (Illinois) precincts had voted for Nixon.
- In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes was elected president by a one-vote margin by a special commission.
- By one vote, Washington, Oregon and Idaho were admitted into the United States.
- By one vote, Thomas Jefferson won the American presidency over Aaron Burr when the election was thrown into the House of Representatives.
Patriotic quotes for your use:
“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhowser, 1954
“Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen.”
– John F. Kennedy, 1960
“Politics is the driving force behind democracy’s successes.”
– David C. Brook, journalist, 1953
“Voting is the first duty of democracy.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson
“I could not be leading a religious life unless I identified myself with the whole of mankind, and that I could not do unless I took part in politics.”
– Mohandas K. Gandhi, 1945
“If the people want a government of their own, they must do the work of making it their own.”
– Robert M. La Follette, WI Senator, ca. 1920
“If men and women of capacity refuse to take part in politics and government, they condemn themselves, as well as the people, to the punishment of living under bad government.”
– Sam Ervin, NC Senator, 1973
“Politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”
– Charles de Gualle, 1960
“People often say, with pride, ‘I’m not interested in politics.’ They might as well say, ‘I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my future or any future.’…If we mean to keep any control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics.”
– Martha Gelhorn, journalist, 1984
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
– George Jean Nathan, author/critic, 1940
“People who think the might in Washington can be persuaded, or corrupted, if you will, by anything less than votes just don’t understand what it’s all about and never will. They don’t know what Washington juice is made of.”
– George E. Allen, presidential advisor, 1950
“It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is the right thing to do. Always.”
– M. Russell Ballard
“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.”
– Dan Quayle
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
– Margaret Mead