An interesting letter to the editor in the Spec last week has a new take on democracy.
The writer, referring to the mayor's request for citizens to take part in a survey determining Hamilton's budget priorities, calls those who participates in such exercises as "the vocal minority".
Apparently the rest of society sitting at home watching TV is the majority. I wonder if the writer considers those who participate at election time also to be the vocal minority.
At a glance it sounds like a great basis for re-introducing communism as our political structure. Sadly, it is true. The minority in our society participate in democracy. Both at election time and throughout the year in public input sessions, meetings or simple surveys such as this.
They aren't the ones who should be demonized. It's the majority who don't give a rip that need to be scolded. I always say, if you don't care enough to voice your opinion, you really have little basis to complain after the fact.
This particular letter writer could have filled out the mayor's survey instead of spending the time it took to send this letter into the Spec.
What a novel idea - participating in democracy instead of just complaining about it.
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