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Op-Ed by Doug Crocker for the Orange County Register

This article was written as part of the “Democracy Communications Network,” a 2007-2009 project that encouraged leaders in deliberative democracy to periodically write op-eds and blog posts as part of larger, collaborative media campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of quality public engagement. Use the “Democracy Communications Network” tag to see the articles  written in association with this project.

On Saturday, 10/11, John Edwards announced his “One Democracy Initiative”, acknowledging that two political systems exist in America today – one for powerful interests and one for the rest of us. In this initiative, Edwards recognizes the wisdom of ordinary citizens and commits to a details list of reforms that promise to give back to these citizens, control over the decisions that shape their lives.

Edwards should be applauded for this commitment and his initiative deserves the attention and support of every one of us as we head in to the 2008 election cycle and decide who is worthy of leading America in the years ahead.

Doug Crocker

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