My long-ago teacher’s definition of democracy makes me more than just a little nervous! But church and state being surgically removed from each other (theoretically), I won’t divert this diatribe from my intentional, political exhortation.
If, in a democracy, we the people are supposed to be sovereign, let us beso, first exercising that sovereignty by voting our own consciences and concerns, not anybody else’s money-backed interests. Please!
[May] we here highly resolve that [any and all] of our dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
THE REV. MARILYN M. SANDERS is retired rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org