November 5, 2012 23 Comments
During World War II, one of the innumerable government agencies, the Writer’s War Board, couldn’t come up with a working definition of the word democracy. Here’s what E.B. White wrote in the the New Yorker:
Surely the Board knows what democracy is. It is the line that forms on the right. It is the don’t in don’t shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles; it is the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half the people are right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is a letter to the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth. It is an idea which hasn’t been disproved yet, a song the words of which have not gone bad. It’s the mustard on the hot dog and cream in the rationed coffee.
By today’s end, a majority of Americans will rejoice in whomever Lady Liberty dubs the crowning office of President and Commander and Chief. Election Day ought to be a time for us to stop and remember how truly fortunate we are as a country to have the freedom to express our opinions, our thoughts, our thanks, and even our anger, in the privacy of a voting booth.
Your voice might not be heard by the White House, but your opinion has been cast. You may feel like you’re just one in a billion – and you are. But when you cast your vote today, think of the soldier laying dying on the battlefield for the exact reason you stand in that booth. He might also have thought that he was just one in a million, but still, his blood helped pay the price for our freedom.
So cast your vote in honor of that soldier, that widow, that fatherless child. You may be one in a billion, but if every person acted neglectfully from that notion, then there would be no one to vote, and the death of that soldier – that one-in-a-million soldier – would be in vain.
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