Vote Tuesday And Bring Democracy Closer

Oct. 21, 2019 Editor, The News-Gazette:

You hear it everyday. And when you block your ears, it’s on all those screens, both big ones and small.

Of course, I’m referring to the constant drumbeat that sends the message that our politics are too polarized, that our national government is sinking in that famous swamp off the Potomac.

This may be true. Naturally, it depends on where you stand which, in turn, depends on where you sit.

So, what’s the solution? How do we fix a central government that doesn’t seem to be working? Scholars can give you many answers. Here is mine: federalism. You know what I’m talking about. If not, read the Constitution.

On Nov. 5 we can start on this solution by voting for the strongest state and local candidates. And by strengthening state and local government we bring democracy closer to home. Allow your district and your commonwealth be where democracy plays out as intended.

So don’t worry about Washington. In Switzerland citizens don’t worry about their capital city. That’s because they don’t have one! (It’s not Bern.) Twenty-six cantons and over 2,000 municipalities do the governing.

Maybe the Swiss have gone too far with federalism. On the other hand, there is nothing like home cooking.

DAVID REYNOLDS

Rockbridge County

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