Monday, November 06, 2006

On The Eve Of The Midterm Elections, A Few Friendly Reminders About Democracy


Much is being made of the importance of voting in tomorrow's elections, and although I believe voting is little more than a symbolic act at this point, I have plans not only to vote but to spend a couple hours working the polls for Jim Webb and the Democratic Party.

I would, however, like to state for the record that I have long considered voting to be the lamest and lowest form of political participation possible. Far more important to the preservation of our democratic system is an educated, informed electorate that's willing to monitor and question its leaders, for as John F. Kennedy pointed out, "The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all." His was not a revolutionary idea -- my beloved Jefferson noted the same nearly 150 years earlier: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Voting is nice, but paying attention and questioning authority are really what democracy is all about.

And while Jim Webb is certainly no JKF or TJ, he does seem to get this whole democracy thing:

In a democracy, we are the boss. And George Allen and George Bush work for us. And the more people they can scare away or turn away from politics, the fewer bosses they're having. They don't want participation. They want to just move along with the status quo, lining the pockets of their corporate friends, protecting their own, while your job goes overseas and your kid goes to Iraq.
So, sure, go vote tomorrow. And vote Democrat. But then give some thought to refreshing the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Or maybe just write some strongly-worded letters or something.

5 comments:

Coaster Punchman said...

Well said, and very inspiring.

Flannery Alden said...

Very good point. Thanks for saying it.

Brian said...

Sadly, it's looking more and more like strongly-worded letters just aren't going to do the trick, and the blood thing is what's gonna have to happen, in which case, you can sign my ass up.

vikkitikkitavi said...

You can sign my ass up as well.

You ARE the one taking names, right, Megan?

If not, I hereby nominate you to be.

Megan said...

CP & FA - Thanks. :-)

Brian & Vikki - Um, I can't really be in charge of anything that involves bloodshed. I'm trying to be the change I wish to see in the world.