David S. Goldman

Taking Democracy For Granted

As a kid growing up, I had always taken our democracy for granted. Our schools certainly inculcated the absolute viability of our form of government, nestled safely upon the hallowed foundation of the ancient Greeks. I guess I forgot to remember that the Athenian democracy lasted only two hundred years and ended from internal upheaval not external pressure. It then took over two thousand years for the American democracy to be born; we are now only two-hundred thirty-eight years old, or about the same age as the Greek experiment when it ended. After millenniums of collected wisdom, we should realize that democracy is not an option but a necessity, but needs constant attention and care to survive.

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