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July 19, 2018



Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words.

“The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community,” he wrote. “Their place is under a despotism.” He went on: “The first duty of an American citizen, then, is that he shall work in politics.”

I hope you’ll forgive his gender-specific language. He wrote at a time when women didn’t even have the vote. But his essay has been on my mind lately because his sentiment — that living...



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