Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2000

Nothing simple about democracy

Editorial

November 16, 2000

If we've learned nothing else in the last 10 days, it's that there is nothing easy about running a democracy.

There is nothing simple about giving everyone a say -- nothing simple about making certain that the views and opinions of all sides are represented before making a decision.

But we do it because it is right.

We do it because we live in a nation where free thought and free speech are a God-given right. We elect public servants who see to it that our views and opinions are heard and understood at every level of government.

We reiterate, it's not always easy living in a democracy, but the things in life that are most worthwhile are usually the things we work for the hardest.

Unfortunately, these are the things that are often taken for granted by most Americans.

Little did we know, we would get an incredible lesson during the election, which should serve as a brilliant reminder to us all that our system of democracy is worth appreciating and worth fighting for. For days, America stopped and watched as votes were counted and recounted to elect a new U.S. president

Months -- even years -- campaigning came down to a relative handful of votes -- something never before seen in a modern-day presidential election. It made us realize that in a world where voter apathy and cynicism toward politics in general are running rampant, one vote can in fact make a difference.

Everyone tried his or her best to figure out the best way to solve the election snafu in Florida. Officials will learn from the errors made this year and the system will be stronger the next time. It will be better.

But make no bones about it; there will always be the possibility of human error when dealing with a democracy. We wouldn't want it any other way. A government for the people can only exist if the people run it.

The alternative is a monarchy.

In America, that's not a suitable alternative.

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