Happy New Year!
What is one of my New Year’s Resolutions?
After the shameful voter numbers for the Fall Midterm election in November of ’14 came in for the United States: 36.4% of eligible voters did their civic duty, or to put it another way, meaning that 63.6% of American citizens FAILED in their civic responsibility.
Realizing that dismal fact from above, made me determined to do something about it: as the old saying goes – think globally, act locally.
It is to try as hard as I can, whether by writing here and highlighting issues and elections, whether at the federal, state, and/or local level, to get people - friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances, to engage once again in civic life.
Coincidentally, I am a founding Board Member of South Shore Progressives and our group is going to focus on this problem – and make no mistake, it is a problem when only 36.4% of our fellow citizens decide to participate in their most basic duty and responsibility as a citizen by voting.
We are planning a meeting, more of a social get together, for all people in our region who care about what this means for our democracy.
It is being held at The Mill Wharf in Scituate, a pub, where we can order food and drink( pay for whatever you order ) and brainstorm in a relaxed atmosphere, breaking off into small groups, how to “Re-boot Democracy”, which is our working title. We welcome all people of whatever political persuasion they adhere to.
It matters immensely.
In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville came to America and subsequently wrote “Democracy in America”, and in that well known, what many consider a sociological and political tract, he writes of Americans’ penchant of ‘forming associations’ of all types: religious, civic, professional, social.
That was the 19th century……something has happened from that time to somewhere around 1975-1980 to halt Americans civic engagement. A well known article looking at this newer, more dangerous phenomenon, is “Bowling Alone” by Robert Putnam.
The fundamental premise is that by disengaging from civic associations of all stripes( as I listed above) it has dire effects upon our democracy.
Those effects matter.
Join us on January 16th at 6:30 pm at The Mill Wharf Pub in Scituate as we try to “Re-Boot Democracy” in our little corner of America.
Alexis de Tocqueville would want you to be there.