Welcome to Speaking of Democracy!
This blog will discuss the most pressing issues of our day. Our purpose is to carve out a more-factual, less-partisan, niche in the political blogging world. The intention is not to defend a particular political party, ideology, or a particular issue, but to challenge the established narratives that are spread via the corporate media and the interests they represent, and to do so with academic research standards. If there is a single theme that captures the intent of this blog, it is that the interests of ordinary people need a larger voice in our society. Too often, rather than voicing our outrage or vision, we become pawns—even victims—of our propaganda of choice, fueled by powerful interests. We need to question the myths, misinformation, narrowness of discourse, and baseless rhetoric that comes from the talking heads who do not share the interests of the average citizen.
The meaning of democracy is “rule by the people.” It was Thomas Jefferson who said,
“I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from them, but to inform them by education.”
We have the responsibility and privilege to be life-long students and participants in governing our nation. Let us proceed together.