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EASTLAND: Democracy is messy
Question of the Day
But, if you feel passionately about any public issue enough to vote, contribute, attend a meeting, write a letter, or argue with family and friends, then you should understand that those engaged in actively trying to influence the outcomes of elections (because issues matter to them passionately) will present their cases however loudly, obnoxiously or irrationally they want.
Because they, too, believe they are right.
They also believe that if they do not win the public argument, then their vision of America (and America’s place in the world) will fail.
And they take that very personally. That includes officeholders, office seekers, campaigns and political parties, bureaucracies, interest groups, lobbyists, foreign governments and interests, taxpayers, benefit recipients, and all of the other “none of the above”-named individuals and groups that enter into the very messy process called democracy.
So, accept democracy with all its faults. Don’t get disgusted and tune out all of the confusing voices, or the harangue on the nightly news (actually now 24/7), or the cluttering of signs, billboards, junk mail, email spam and all the other annoying noise being sent your way.
It’s democracy in process.
Let’s have at it. Bring it on. Bore me. Frustrate me. Enlighten me. Because I hope that it is also you and I doing some of the grinding of the sausage in whatever way we can to see that our voices are also echoing in the halls of the mighty for those things we hold passionately dear.
And, as Bette Davis (playing Margo Channing, the aging Broadway star in 1950’s “All About Eve”) challenged: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” But man, oh man: What a night!
• Larry L. Eastland is a Los Angeles-based businessman, an American Conservative Union board member and a Mormon bishop.
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