Democracy shines in the light
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Long before the pandemic, I had been lobbying local town officials to update the manner in which they held their official monthly meetings, to do something that would reach out to more people, and allow for more transparency and participation.
So you can imagine my joy when I recently received an email from a Butner town official with this news:
“Hi John, Hope all is well with you and family. TOB town hall upgraded video/audio to now not only record meetings but steam, and upload to website for citizens to view. Just wanted you to know since that was a request of the town you discussed a while back. If you have any questions, please contact me.”
Now, the town will be operating in the 21st century, allowing for easier access to its meetings — meetings in which everything that affects the town people live in is discussed and action taken. Action that affects everyone in that town; therefore, all efforts should be made to include as many as possible.
In fact, wouldn’t it be great if they came up with a way to actually give every person a voice and vote, not just on Election Day, but for every matter? That would be true democracy. Everyone still won’t agree on everything, but if a majority vote wins, then that makes it easier to make decisions that are truly “for the people.”
Sound too idealistic? Well, one person just made a difference, and that is being idealistic in its truest form. And as Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodard (of Watergate fame) stated: “Democracy dies in the darkness.”
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