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Democracy in action

Chances are, you’re not voting in this local primary election. Maybe you don’t have time. Maybe you don’t know enough about the candidates and issues to vote with confidence. Maybe you’re a communist. Maybe you just don’t care.
And some of you would be happy to vote a dozen times for your favorite candidates.
I suppose part of the charm of American democracy is that it is just so doggone sloppy.
Voters want to know something about who they’re voting for, but there is not enough time to read everything, attend forums, maybe even quiz the candidates. We vote based on what we know and our impressions of the candidates. Undoubtedly, some of you vote based on the campaign ads you’ve seen or heard.
In a primary like today’s, if one in five registered voters actually vote, it’ll be considered good turnout.
I found this primary one of the most interesting and possibly meaningful in years. I’m glad I voted.
Our thought for today is from Sir Winston Churchill:
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

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08/07/2012 1:00AM
Democracy in action
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