Eisenhower’s Democracy

Hello there,

It’s shocking but true: Sometimes even politicians say something worth preserving:

“Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Perhaps this is, why democracy works so poorly these days: Because the citizen-next-door doesn’t take responsibility for it anymore. Democracy is the “reign of the people” and a “reign” means more then just a nasty election every once in a while. It means everybody needs to preserve democracy in situations of everyday life (aka. moral courage) as much as at the “big stage” of provincal or national politics. As citizens of modern democracies we have a long list of rights in order to take part of the government of our nation. Even in the ages of terrorism and counter-terrorism most of them are still untouched though certain media try on a regular basis to discourage citizens from making use of their rights by tricking them into believing that they don’t have any anymore.

We needn’t forget that democracy is a gift of our forefathers born with a lot of pain yet I feel that my generation is throwing it away as if it was worth nothing at all …



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