Consider Democracy

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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23 Responses to Consider Democracy

  1. Pat says:

    Very well said.
    I am British, I won’t be voting today, but I hope that you plea is met and that democracy will be remembered. There are many who will raise side issues, but your election is too important for that, not only to you in America, but to the rest of the world too.

  2. Well said and a good reminder for the times we are in.

  3. Outstanding! The author E.B. White was an amazing man and I read all his novels but had never seen what he wrote to them about the word Democracy, so thank you for sharing it. And all of this heartfelt post. This is amazing: “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 well put. Bless your heart for this beautifully inspiring post.

  4. Thank you for your timely post. I have shared it on facebook and twitter.

  5. Fly Mom says:

    Love this.

    We voted early. 🙂

  6. dennyleo says:

    Hello, I come from Indonesia, when the time come for election, almost 80% people in Indonesia go to elect the candidate, why because we hope too much for the elected president can give a change into our country. We watch the news of American President election in our national tv broadcast too, because you know America has give the great impact to our economy.

  7. ninavennor says:

    I am from the Philippines and I am not allowed to vote yet. I can’t wait to vote and soon be one in a billion. Thanks for following though! 🙂 I love your blog.

  8. tonjekir says:

    Very well said. A lot of people in our society don’t realize that democracy did not just appear one day, and a big part of it is to be a part of it. I am so happy that I live in a country where I can do and say almost whatever I want. Too me, voting is a civic duty.

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