Cast your vote and get out! - Ed Brock

It's here, thank God! Election Day is here, and we can finally get it over with.

Geez, though, we still have that big election thingy in November, too. Argh!

I'm sorry, I'm just not feeling very patriotic lately. Something about local politics just wears me out!

Of course, I can't write about the details that have so beset my democratic spirit, due to a wise policy initiated by my all-seeing editors. However, I will say this.

You people out there are nuts! And if you actually want to be a politician in a local office, you must be especially nuts!

Why on Earth would you want to serve the public? How do you put up with the viciousness, the backbiting, the petty shenanigans?

That's right, I said "shenanigans!" So what!

Just, just, everybody go to the polls and vote and let's put an end to this madness and the constant talking and the stupid television ads.

Ah, yes, we are all so proud of our democracy, and I suppose we should be. Clearly it is a superior form of government.

But let's just remember that the very word "democracy" has its origins in the Greek where the concept was, if not born, then at least formalized.

We did not invent democracy. We made a few good changes, but they were merely contributions to the evolution of a concept that is much larger than the United States of America.

Therefore it is not America's exclusive right to define democracy on a global basis as President Bush has declared. That is not our sacred duty. Democracy does not need us to foist it off on others at the tip of a gun.

It promotes itself, and it takes a form appropriate to the situation. It has weaknesses but the core concept is strong and therefore its victory is secure.

Democracy has the numbers on its side. It gives the most number of people the greatest chance for living successfully, so it will win, in one way or another, simply because it applies the concept of "best interest" on a macroscopic scale.

People, like animals, generally do what they perceive to be in their own best interest. Democracy is not in the best interest of petty dictators but they are few and growing fewer.

But for all that America has contributed to fertilize the Democracy Tree we have also done more than a few things to poison that timber to the roots.

Our implementation of democracy lends itself to improving the skill of the manipulators rather than giving the people a true voice in their destiny. We allow ourselves to be told what is in our best interest, and we simply play along with whatever group holds the most sway in our lives.

I'm ready for Election Day to be over because I'm just so tired from having so many people sucking at my soul from so many different directions. And the fact that so many people I've spoken with, both candidates and fellow voters, feel the same is something that makes me think perhaps we could do better.

Then we could do an even greater service to further the growth of democracy. We could lead by example.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.