Grassroots politics is based on the realization that we cannot trust friends in high places to deliver justice to us on a platter, we have to count on each other even more so. While I know many good politicians, it is very difficult for the just to climb the ladder of power in an unjust system. Even the best of leaders enter a fog when they reach a certain altitude. Their information is often brought to them by tainted sources. This is why citizens must take responsibility for their own government. Democracy is more than voting, it is sharing power legitimately among equals. So we must stay informed and communicate with our elected leaders, but we must also join grassroots movements that challenge the power system from the outside. We must eternally remind our leaders and ourselves that the highest office in a democracy is the office of citizen.