Joshua Rothman's report, in "The Enemy Next Door," was pretty hopeful. He discussed a recent election in the small Long Island town where he lives, a very "hot" election that pitted "development" candidates against "anti-development" candidates. As Rothman told the story, the pitch of political "hatred" that appeared in the political contest pretty much disappeared when the election was over (he didn't say which side won). Life returned to "normal," and "normal" meant that the common life of the "community," the life of neighbors meeting neighbors, as they went about their daily lives, overcame the heated political disputes of the election just past.
Like many people I know, I’ve spent recent months staying up late, reading polls in terror. The flawed and faulty nature of democracy has become a vivid companion. But is democracy really failing, or is it just trying to say something?
Of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Let's listen up!