LIONEL PODCAST: The Psychology and Psychopathy of Psephology — Inside the Idiocy of the American Voter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Voting? Did you say something about voting?  Others did and have and will. Masturbatory musings as we came a beeline for oblivion. Make way for Mr. & Mrs. Nobody. The pageantry of the putz. And debates are cotillions and debutante balls for the illusion of involvement. But, I digress. Enjoy this podcast of the psychology of the vote.

  • “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — President John Quincy Adams.
  • “People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite.” — Vice President Dan Quayle at a bowling alley in Las Vegas in June 1992.
  • “Every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” — H.L. Mencken in “Prejudices: First Series,” published 1919.
  • “I never voted for anybody. I always voted against” — W.C. Fields.
  • “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user” — Commonly attributed to President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • ”It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947.
  • “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” — Charles Bukowski
  • “Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” — Friedrich August von Hayek

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Commonly attributed to anarchist Emma Goldman.

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