2001-10-06 / Editorial/Opinion

Democracy Means Elections

Democracy Means Elections

During the darkest days of the Civil War, America held an election for President. At the height of the fighting during World War II, when democracy was on the brink, America held an election. When President Roosevelt died in 1945, with the outcome still in doubt, vice-president Truman was summoned to the White House and told that he was president. He went home, called his mother with the news, ate a turkey sandwich with a glass of milk and went to bed. The next morning he went to the Oval Office and found out about the atomic bomb. He did what needed to be done and arguably became one of our best presidents. The point of this history lesson is that, while Mayor Giuliani has done an excellent job as mayor during this crisis, nobody is irreplaceable. Both democracy and history demand that the scheduled election be held and that the winner become our next mayor. The voters of New York City have twice voted for term limits and those votes need to be respected, now, more than ever. A role can be found for Giuliani in the ongoing recovery of the city, but that role is not as mayor. The voters have spoken, and in a democracy, the voice of the electorate is all that counts.


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