I once used a quote from Thomas Jefferson as the inspiration for a website I once put together. “Whenever people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government.”
During a long career in journalism, I saw my job as one of education – not uncovering a major or minor scandal or quoting those who are more loud than they are intelligent. I never was breathless. I always said I could live comfortably among people who made informed decisions, even though we disagree.
When I finally retired a few years ago, I knew my purpose was fading. I was confused, though. I noticed that facts do not change votes. This week I read the best explanation yet of what has happened.
Now I understand that public life will not change. I still haven’t figured out what to do, but at least I am no longer burdened with Hope.