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Entry from June 10, 2017
“The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid”

"The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid” is a political saying that has been printed on many images. San Francisco (CA) Examiner sports columnist Art Spander wrote this in a November 1990 column about ballot proposals for a stadium for baseball’s San Francisco Giants.


Wikipedia: Art Spander
Arthur Melvin Spander is an award-winning American sports writer. He is a free-lance columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

In 1999, he was awarded the McCann Award, earning him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in 2007 he was honored with the Masters Major Achievement Award.

6 November 1990, The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI), “Nobody in San Francisco wants Giants” by Art Spander (San Francisco Examiner), pg. D-1, col. 1:
If it’s November, it’s time for California cities to vote on the Giants again. Last year, San Francisco didn’t want them. This year, the polls say Santa Clara doesn’t want them. Next year, Fresno probably won’t want them.

And that’s the great thing about democracy. It gives every registered voter a chance to do something stupid.

Google Books
The Fifth and Far Finer Than the First Four 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Columbine
1993
Pg. ?:
466
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Art Spander

14 November 2000, Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL), “Bush Backers Force Jackson from Stage” by William Cooper, Noah Bierman and Marc Caputo, pg. 1A:
Cindy Cuneo, 41, of Jupiter brought her sign: “The great thing about Democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.”

The Telegraph (London, UK)
Famous quotes about democracy
12:01AM BST 12 Jul 2007
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The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
Art Spander

Twitter
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The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.  -Art Spander
10:15 PM - 26 Oct 2007

Google Books
The Case against Democracy
By Steven Michels
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC
2013
Pg. 8:
Most recently, there’s journalist Art Spander: β€œThe great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Saturday, June 10, 2017 • Permalink