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Democracy

People marching on the streetNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  
       - Margaret Mead

Large crowds gather to demonstrate for democracy and vote in Africa

Democracy and freedom are the best revolution. They can give every individual more power to control their lives. And we can work together to create a just, sustainable world.
      - Bill Blackman

Dictatorships are one-way streets. Democracy boasts two-way traffic.
       - Albert Moravia

Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.
       - Abbie Hoffman

People putting ballot in boxElections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
       - Abraham Lincoln

Voting in Africa

Those who love peace must learn to organize as well as those who love war.
       - Dr. Martin Luther King

"Liberty and equality...will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost"
      - Aristotle

What our country deserves from everyone who enjoys its fruits and freedoms is a little more gratitude – and a lot less greed.
       - Michelle Malkin

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
       - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo of the Statue of Liberty looking to the futureWhenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
       - Thomas Jefferson

Let's shine our light for a better future

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.
       - Alexis De Tocqueville

America's support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
       - William J. Bennett

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to kept that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
       -
Thomas Jefferson

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Original edition by Gary Hyink, Felicia Daniels, Alyssa Boyett, interns, and Bill Blackman, the president. Most recent edition by Katie Lusk, Hearts & Minds intern
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