We are not politicians, but citizens.
When a social movement adopts the compromises of its legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them. The mantra "the best that we can get" is a recipe for corruption. We are not politicians, but citizens. We have no office to hold on to, only our consciences.
- Howard Zinn (1922-2010)
writing in The Progressive, May 2007
Quoted in the March 2010 issue among many other quotes throughout the years from Zinn's writing for The Progressive. I found this today and just had to return briefly from my break from blogging to share it.