Friday, October 21, 2005

a timely citizens' reminder

eminent historian howard zinn has this to say in the november issue of the progressive (picked up by common cause). it is a stirring reminder of the duty of the citizens of any democracy worthy of the name.

I was struck by the obvious (the hallmark of good persuasive writing); by the ready evidence, from our own history, of the power of the people, acting collectively, as contrasted with the power of the law. in a healthy and vital democracy, the law should be a close approach to the will of the people, though, by necessity, it invariably lags behind their will as that will changes with changing times.

let us not forget our duty to be the law. it is an active, demanding duty that requires our attentiveness to the shortcomings of the law as applied and a willingness to stand up for what is just.

thank you for the reminder, howard zinn.


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