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.
Islam does not believe in democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of assembly. It does not separate religion and politics. It is partly a religion, but it is much more than that. It has a political agenda that goes far outside the realm of religion.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
The political restructuring we pursue in China is aimed at advancing the self-improvement and development of the socialist political system. We will continue to expand people's democracy and build a socialist country under the rule of law in keeping with China's national conditions.
Politics in a democracy is transactional: Politicians seek votes by promising to do things for voters, who seek promises in exchange for their votes.
Recent action in Syria and Palestine also tell us that the awakening voices of democracy in those regions are occurring, and that those in that region are able to pursue it without being stifled by terrorists that are despotic.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.
China recognizes and also respects the universality of human rights. We will continue our efforts to promote democracy and the rule of law.
I even believed in a third way; I thought it was possible to put a human face on capitalism. But I was wrong. The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there's no dictatorship here.
Democracy — quotes and aphorisms
I am confident that in the end freedom and democracy will prevail over terror and tyranny. We will win this war on terror — and when we do Americans, the British, Iraqis, and people around the world will be more secure.
Democracy and socialism are means to an end, not the end itself.
Voting is the only way to make change in a democracy.
Israel was not created in order to disappear — Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
I am aware that one should always make room for renewal in politics. A democracy is the healthier for the turnover of the depth of talent there is in its community.
The great thing about our system of democracy is when they call you for jury duty, you have to come... It's an honor and a privilege. I was called and I've got to be here.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.