“Each one of us must in the end choose for himself how far he would like to leave our collective fate to the wayward vagaries of popular assemblies … For myself it would be most irksome to be ruled by a bevy of Platonic Guardians, even if I knew how to choose them, which I assuredly do not … I should miss the stimulus of living in a society where I have, at least theoretically, some part in the direction of public affairs.”
— Judge Learned Hand, The Bill of Rights - The Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures, 1958

"The Texas abortion bill, SB5, failed to pass the state senate on Tuesday night. … The legislation’s debate was marked by a filibuster launched by Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, who wore pink tennis shoes and prepared for the long haul on Tuesday.

While her filibuster failed to make it to midnight after she received three strikes, the watching crowd chanted and cheered until after midnight. The noise interrupted the proceedings on the floor, causing the vote on SB5 to happen after the midnight deadline.”

Vote! Yes!

Tomorrow is the day! I implore you to rise early and cast your ballot with a brave heart and best intentions. Suffrage is our right and also our duty as citizens in the grand American Experiment! 

However, as you step out of your booth remember that voting too is only a step. To demand accountability and transparency from our officials. To stay informed and active in our communities. To fearlessly broach the grand issues of our time; with allies and opposition alike. Here! Here is the real meat of self-governance. Remember these solemn duties and carry them with you into the street after voting! 

To vote is grand but it is only the first step in our shared endeavor. Meager steps must become mighty strides; our 223 year marathon of republican self-governance must continue!

Hey guys. Here is the turnout for Give A Shit Happy Hour at Cole’s tonight. Not bad eh? #ChicagoVotes #democracy #ColesChicago (Taken with Instagram)

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“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
— Plato
“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

The best quotes from guests at Romney’s Hamptons fundraisers.

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Our plutocratic lords speak!  Silly poor people possibly voting for their own interests and not “understanding” the system rigged against them.

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Thousands of protesters marched through the Mexican capital on Saturday, July 7 against President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, accusing him of buying votes and paying off TV networks for support.

Hong Kong protests - in pictures 
THE GUARDIAN - Fifteen years after British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the annual pro-democracy march. Protesters chanted slogans against new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying just hours after he was sworn in. Hong Kong protests - in pictures 
THE GUARDIAN - Fifteen years after British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the annual pro-democracy march. Protesters chanted slogans against new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying just hours after he was sworn in. Hong Kong protests - in pictures 
THE GUARDIAN - Fifteen years after British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the annual pro-democracy march. Protesters chanted slogans against new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying just hours after he was sworn in. Hong Kong protests - in pictures 
THE GUARDIAN - Fifteen years after British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the annual pro-democracy march. Protesters chanted slogans against new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying just hours after he was sworn in.

Hong Kong protests - in pictures

THE GUARDIAN - Fifteen years after British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in the annual pro-democracy march. Protesters chanted slogans against new Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying just hours after he was sworn in.