March 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Citizens need to get involved to help preserve our freedoms

Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that “the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.” While Brandeis is 70 years departed, his words are perhaps more relevant now than ever. His insight is a reminder of the fragility of democracy and the tenuous nature of political enthusiasm. Indeed the harsh partisanship and endless gridlock of recent years has lead many to conclude that our political process is broken, and that participation is irrelevant. But such conclusions are precisely why the system is broken and why a small band of elites is able to influence elections in a way that erodes the notion of “one person one vote.”

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