.........if you can keep it."----Benjamin Franklin
There are lots of ways to lose one's government. It can be overrun by invaders. It can succumb to natural disaster. It can even be strangled from within. But to me, the saddest way must be to carelessly abandon it, to deprive it of its needed participation and protection out of laziness, complacent self-interest, and intellectual boredom. I've said before that we get the government we deserve. It's too bad so many died to preserve something so many now don't even seem to care about.
Thanksgiving is in a few days and there is still plenty to be thankful for. But maybe, along with gratitude for what was and still is, we should ask ourselves if we DESERVE what we still tenuously have? And if the answer is that we have no interest in the workings of our government beyond what it can do for us personally, maybe we don't.