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The role of a citizen in a democracy is to keep informed of events and trends in the nation, participate in a discussion of those events among fellow citizens, choose leaders wisely, and seek remedies when our leaders go astray. Newsvine is a forum for good citizenship; it is my forum of choice.
I rely on, and enjoy, learning and analysis as both ends in themselves, and as means to a democratic end. Our freedom is inseperable from our democracy. They either flourish together, or they perish together. I cannot make myself more free by making you less so; this is axiomatic. We are all members of this nation and if we diminish oneanother we diminish our nation.