We must run everywhere, and challenge extremism everywhere, and re-insert needed accountability everywhere.
To protect democracy in a sustained way, we must build an infrastructure that first values running everywhere. But this won’t happen at the necessary scale until everyday Americans lead the way. Ultimately, the essential building blocks of an infrastructure that values running everywhere are individuals. It starts with everyday Americans, everywhere, taking steps to bring democracy and accountability back to where they live. Not just by demanding it of the powers that be, but doing it directly.
The good news is that there are practical ways that every American can play this role. And there are some wonderful role models who are already doing so.