Your role in improving government

Vote at the polls—and in your prayers.

Next month, citizens of the United States will be electing a new president. Even though voters may feel that the issues aren't important or inspiring, the fact remains that voting is a serious responsibility.

Indeed, many think that the government is like a huge machine that just keeps grinding on whether or not we participate. Candidates are chosen, decisions are made, millions of dollars are spent, seemingly without any impact from us. But if nobody voted, wouldn't it make a difference?

About a year ago, I got a lesson in government that gave me a clearer grasp of my power and responsibility as a citizen and of how a spiritual approach to government can lead to progress. For many years the water supply district that serves the part of town where I live was a kind of imperial fiefdom. Candidates were seldom opposed, and even if they were, they were overwhelmingly voted back into office. Change seemed impossible, even though it was clear that taxpayer money was being wasted.

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October 23, 2000

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