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March 03, 2004

Declare Yourself

Alyssa Milano is quite fetching but I confess I have never understood youth voter electoral registration campaigns. I find it difficult to believe these are any more effective than anti-drug and anti-sex campaigns. That said, the Declare Yourself people seem to have their hearts in the right place.

Almost 100 years after the Declaration declared our independence, Abraham Lincoln used it to declare the end of slavery in our country. And almost 150 years after the document was signed, women used it to fight for their right to vote. Its words and ideas were used as a tool in the Civil Rights movement as African Americans declared their rights as equal citizens. It is important for us to remember the words of the Declaration and the freedoms it gave us, and it is even more important for us to remember that the ideals of democracy - "consent of the governed" - are strong when we participate, but weak when we are apathetic.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 3, 2004 10:56 AM