Making most of 2012 means acting, not sitting

Commentary | January 4, 2012 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

If there's a single lesson to be drawn from the events of 2011, it's this: Democracy is based on acting and doing, not sitting and watching. The actions of a sole protestor in Algeria, magnified by thousands of others, toppled dictators in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. People did not just watch - they marched, they protested, and they risked their livelihoods and their lives. No one even saw the “Arab Spring” coming until it had happened.

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