The comments on this Charles M. Blow column would make for a mini-seminar on American understandings of voting, the tools of active citizenship, and our hopes for the health of our democracy.
In recent columns Charles M. Blow correctly argues that voting remains essential for mending our damaged democracy. But healthy democracy requires active citizens who go beyond voting, and I fear that most people don't know how to start and then sustain political action on even a local level. We don't teach about the full toolkit of active citizenship in our public schools, but we could. And columnists could tell a series of stories that illustrate the elements of a full citizen's toolkit. Speaking briefly of "direct democracy" in a column like this one is just a start.