Tuesday November 07th 2006, 10:20 am

Let’s hope that the Americans do the right thing in today’s midterm election and think before they vote.

“Our elections are free - it’s the results where we eventually pay.” - Bill Stern

“Once again we saw the phenomenom of the three kinds of citizens in this country. The activist who campaigns hard, the regular citizen who votes but does not otherwise participate and the truly tuned out who never even know when the election has been called.” - Rod Love, Canadian Alliance campaign strategist.

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” - Charles de Gaulle

“The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.” - John Jay Chapman

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair, “The Jungle”

“Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.” - William Proxmire

“Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.” - John Kenneth Galbraith