Grandparents for Democracy

What is Democracy...
and How Do We Protect It?

The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.
– Barack Obama

The very essence of democracy is the absolute faith that while people must cooperate, the first function of democracy, its peculiar gift, is to develop each individual into everything that he might be.
– Edwin H. Land

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

The vote controls everything that you do.
– Congressman John Lewis

“You Americans kick around your country like it’s a football. But it’s not a football. It’s a Fabergé egg. You can break it.”
– Lesley Goldwasser

Although our interests as citizens vary, each one is an artery to the heart that pumps life through the body politic, and each is important to the health of democracy.
– Bill Moyers

Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights, is not "given", it is earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice.
– Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men's enlightened will.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt