Sunday, October 09, 2005

We get the government we care about

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
- John Adams, 2nd US president (1735-1826)

This is exactly what we do, as voters, when we pay no attention to the governing of our communities and our countries between elections. We trust those we elect (people we often know very little about) to govern us in a safe, respectable and honest manner.

This would be similar to the owner of a business only checking in with those who operate the business for them every two or four years. This never happens with businesses unless the owners don't care if the business disappears.

It happens in most democracies. We get the government we care about.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help governments make citizens part of the governing process instead of victims of it.
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