"Not on your life! I don't want to be mixed up in anything dirty or corrupt. I'm a respectable citizen." Hold on a minute! Is an attitude like that really the sign of a respectable and respected citizen? Remember, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were politicians. Had they not been politicians - which means knowing how to exercise the art and practice of government - they could never have rendered to the Republic the services for which we revere them today. As citizens of our democracy, we set great store by our rights and privileges."
The Center for Information on America, 1960