The word politics causes some people lots of trouble. Let us be very clear -- politics is not a dirty word. It should, in fact, be the part-time job of every American. Without citizen participation in politics, self-government inevitably degenerates into anarchy or dictatorship. Actually, bad politics and bad government are caused by good citizens who do not bother to take an active interest by voting and working in the political party of their choice.
The businessman, the student, the American in every walk of life should choose the party that comes closest to his political beliefs and ideas, roll up his sleeves, and go to work. He should make his voice beard in that party. No one achieves a thing by standing on the sidelines wringing his hands and wondering why someone does not do something about a problem that directly affects him. And nowadays almost every problem of government affects almost every citizen.____________________
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