VOTE Today, and Remind Four Friends to.
All across Alaska today residents of municipalities large and small are voting. We are electing the officials who will represent us and lead us. Here is what the author of Charlotte's Web, and one of the wisest essayist who ever lived, has to say about why we vote. I think we should make school children memorize it. While working at The New Yorker, E.B. White was asked by the Writer’s War Board, it was 1943, to write a sentiment to bolster the national effort. Here is what he wrote:
We received a letter from the Writers’ War Board the other day asking for a statement on ‘The Meaning of Democracy.’ It is presumably our duty to comply with such a request, and it is certainly our pleasure. Surely the Board knows what democracy is. It is the line that forms on the right. It is the don’t in don’t shove. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles, the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is the letter to the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth. It is an idea which hasn’t been disproved yet, a song the words of which have not gone bad. It’s the mustard on the hot dog and the cream in the rationed coffee. Democracy is a request from a War Board, in the middle of the morning in the middle of a war, wanting to know what democracy is.
So please vote, and when you do be very grateful that you live in such a free and democratic town, state, and country.