Well, you are about to see the conclusion of six weeks of effort to impeach a President.
What did you do to participate in YOUR democracy? If you did nothing, then it’s not your democracy, is it?
If you read the memes and watched the news, you did the same thing that every person in the world did. You became an informed and silent citizen whose opinion was never counted…whose voice was never heard.
This is a participatory democracy. You get what you put into it. If you put nothing in, then you get whatever comes out from other people’s participation.
Perhaps you will remember four years from now that the Democrats exaggerate everything and the Republicans do nothing. Doesn’t matter whether its a pandemic or a budget or voter ID or whatever. If you don’t participate, you get the dregs of every democracy in the world: the worst candidates, the worst policies for people, the worst outcomes, and the worst legislatures, judges, and executives.
Every policy and every law and every outcome is because someone with a voice speaks for it or against it. When your voice is not heard, nobody cares about you. Why should they if you don’t speak up in a participatory democracy?
You can write your Congressman, you can send letters to the editor. You can inform others. You can comment on this blog. You can go to Washington. You can march in the street. Heck, you can even storm the Capitol.
I hope you choose to participate in the future. If you want a world for your children, and your grandchildren, that keeps them safe and allows them to succeed, you need to do something about it.
Participate. With Respect. With Honor. With American principles in mind.
Lend your voice. Be gracious when you lose. Be grateful when you win. This is the best American most of us can ever be.