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.
However feeble an influence my voice may have in public affairs, the right to vote on them is sufficient to impose on me the duty of informing myself about them.[Quelque faible influence que puisse avoir ma voix dans les affaires publiques, le droit d’y voter suffit pour m’imposer le devoir de m’en instruire.]
All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority.