The Obligation of Participation
Jay Nordlinger’s profile of Florida congressional candidate Allen West is interesting reading, overall, but this passage should haunt the days of all productive Rhode Islanders (emphasis added):
After the Army, West taught high school for a while — history. He is especially pleased that some of his students went on to service academies. Then he went to Afghanistan as a civilian adviser, training Afghan officers. He says he felt “a yearning in my heart” to do this. And then, politics called. West quotes Plato: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
The story of our state — and its characteristic apathy — in a sentence.