web photo courtesy of washingtonpost.com
I saw the aerial-view pictures of the “restore America’s values” rally in Washington, D.C. The organizers and attendees deserve credit for an impressive looking gathering. A lot of people. They put their shoes on and showed up to make a point and pump themselves up.
The population of the U.S. is somewhere north of 307 million. There are more than 170 million registered voters out of a voting-age population of more than 212 million (figures from answers.com). In our democratic republic all the registered and voting-eligible folks have an opportunity to speak out, hold signs, distribute leaflets, write and publish their views in print and on the web, call talk shows, upload videos to the ‘net, donate to candidates and causes of their choice, vote in primaries and general elections, and otherwise express their political views.
Participation is possible at the local, state, federal, and global levels.