When did politics become a spectator sport?
We ask the question seriously, and not just because tomorrow is the day when who knows how many citizens will turn out for Hagerstown city elections.
It also comes to mind because The Herald-Mail recently did the a story interviewing people who don't plan on voting Tuesday, and who aren't even ashamed of the fact. Another recent story chronicled the difficulty some small Pennsylvania municipalities are having finding anyone to run for office, and it struck us that in both cases, a lot of citizens are counting on someone else to do the job.
This is not an unfamiliar phenomenon, especially to anyone who's ever worked for a non-profit organization where a familiar few always seem to carry the load. It is of concern now because improved communications were supposed to increase involvement. Instead, the opposite seems to be happening.