“We are not here today to bow before the representation of a fierce warlike god, filled with wrath and vengeance, but we joyously contemplate instead our own deity keeping watch and ward before the open gates of America and greater than all that have been celebrated in ancient song. Instead of grasping in her hand thunderbolts of terror and of death, she holds aloft the light which illumines the way to man’s enfranchisement. We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. Willing votaries will constantly keep alive its fires and these shall gleam upon the shores of our sister Republic thence, and joined with answering rays a stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world.”
–Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America
Today is Election Day in the United States, and regardless of who you support it is important that you go vote. Don’t make excuses, as the fewer people who vote, the worse and more partisan our democratic republic becomes, so exercise the fundamental right and vote!
Quote Number: 924
Source: Cleveland, Grover. “Dedication of Lady Liberty Enlightens the World.” Speech. October 28, 1886. In Presidential Documents: The Speeches, Proclamations, and Politics That Have Shaped the Nation from Washington to Clinton. Thomas McInerney and Fred Israel, editors. Routledge: New York. 2013. Pg 147. Online Here.