'The great institutions in the past brought us together'

Glen Pearson laments disengagement…

Currently, citizenship is a status, a legal bond between an individual and her or his government.  It doesn’t proceed much past that point. It’s there, but only on the periphery – government doesn’t really matter.  We have ended up with a country disconnected, though remarkable democratic work is being done at certain levels. We have ended up with unreasonable special interest groups and citizens sniping from the bushes through their blogs – no real connection to the political process. We are left with politicians and parties making their decisions with little citizen input because we actually don’t know how to go about it. Above all, we are left with a citizenry that has thrown up its hands and doesn’t even bother to vote anymore.

… then finds an example of citizenship to celebrate.