By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall November 2, 2004 at 9:11AM
You live in a representative republic. Your interests are represented by powerful politicians in offices ranging from the local city or town in which you live all the way to the Presidency of the United States. All you have to do is wait on a line and select the individuals who you believe best represent your idea of America. Maybe it is not the best system, but it is our system, and election day is the wrong day to complain about the process. You have four more years to work for direct change. Today, you only have one job.
"Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom."-- Friedrich August Hayek
"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." --George Jean Nathan
"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."--Sydney J. Harris
"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election." --Bill Vaughan