Remembering Why We Vote

I couldn't help but share this incredibly powerful and moving video, which I just received through the grassroots Community Values Vote blog:

Throughout the day, I've heard about a wheelchair-bound man in Massachusetts who wheeled himself three miles to cast his vote. I've heard of a 94-year-old woman who, thanks to community organizers helping her read her ballot, was able to vote in Washington. I've even heard of people voting in Ohio despite riot police waiting in the wings.

I remember being in Indonesia about four years ago during an election and seeing local villagers in the most remote parts of the country riding around with banners and signs for their favorite party, active and enthusiastic about the political process. Someone I was traveling with talked about the passion with which many people in developing countries seek out information about the candidates, carefully consider the issue platforms and wade through nearly-impossible barriers to cast their votes. He said, "They don't take democracy for granted." Well, it would appear, neither do we.