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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Monday, November 01, 2004

    By virtue of being an American... 

    Since this is final Ohioblog before Election Day, the Blog wants to commend a piece to you written for The Christian Science Monitor by Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, former Democratic congressman from Indiana, and, most recently, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission. Hamilton suggests that we must select leaders who ``aren't just in it for themselves.'' But in seeking virtue in our leaders, the American people ``must be virtuous, in the civic sense that the Founders had in mind.'' This requires the
    American people ``to pay attention, to educate oneself, to discern insincerity and reject misinformation, to enter the voting booth prepared to set aside one's own self-interest and focus on the good of the country. None of this is easy.'' And the difficulty is compounded in a country in which so many people can look at the same facts and come to opposite conclusions. The Blog expects we'll fall short of the Founders' and Hamilton's ideal tomorrow, but at least we can still reach for it.



    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:56 AM



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