…hat simply telling people to vote or participate in the process is not going to solve our problems. Our politics don’t work, he argues, because we’ve reformed them to death. The irony, he says, is that “an unmediated, direct democracy, is less democratic and less representative than mediated democracy.”
The most wondrous land on earth, indeed. I’ve had the good fortune to spend sixty years in service to this wondrous land. It has not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help. But I’ve tried to deserve the privilege as best I can, and I’ve been repaid a thousand times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of America. And I am so very grateful.