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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:15

Effective democracy requires participation

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
We have witnessed a phenomenon not seen since the days of the Nixon Administration. Millions of people have been taking to the streets to demonstrate against or for many different issues. Millions of people have taken to calling and emailing members of Congress to voice support or opposition to legislation being debated.

Some have lamented this as “obstructionism” and others as “resistance.” In actuality, it is neither; it is how a representative democracy was designed to work.

When the Constitution was written, our right to petition the government was provided for. It was decided that a representative democracy could only work if citizens were allowed to speak with their elected officials and communicate their thoughts on issues being decided.

These activist citizens are modeling how democracy is intended to work. Good citizenship does not include just showing up to vote on Election Day, but requires actively participating in the process of governance. This means informing yourself of the issues and regularly contacting your elected officials. By doing this, you will have a government that is truly representative, less influenced by special interests and you will drain the swamp.

The United States needs more activism, not less.

Bill Becker



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