An excellent piece by Michael Quinn Sullivan:
No set of excuses can be more frustratingly self-righteous than those offered by individuals refusing to participate in our representative republic. You hear them all the time: “nothing is more corrupt than politics” or “every politician lies to your face.” A sadly misplaced sense of purity becomes an ill-considered excuse for being uninformed and disengaged.
Let’s assume politics is corrupt (or corruptible), and that a great many politicians lie. Yet even so I contend it is citizen disengagement — more so even than any alleged lies or corruptions — that does the most damage to our nation’s future. Why? Precisely because it allows the lies and corruption to fester.
We’re told that the very elderly Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government was being ha