Politics is, in one sense, all about how we collectively organize ourselves — little decisions such as which laws to pass, and big questions such as whether to pass some sorts of laws at all. We cannot escape politics; it’s everywhere in our lives, whether government is visible or even when government is absent, because it’s a political decision for government to be there or not.Nor, as citizens of the United States of America, should we wish to escape politics. The United States was founded as an explicitly political nation, based not on blood or land but on, of all things, a “proposition.” Indeed: one of the reasons that the revolutionaries and then the Framers of the Constitution acted as they did was because they believed strongly that political action was a great purpose and should be available to ordinary people, even when their view of who should be included was impoverished compared to our own. Regular folks — citizens — inherently have the ability, and must have the opportunity, to contribute to choices about how we organize our lives together.
April 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM EDT