Government of the people, by the people, for the people…

  • Posted May 24th, 2007 at 7:21 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Answers

This quote from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has always struck me. These ten words capture the essence of democracy in a way that my high school U.S. History textbooks never could. I was reminded of this quote this week as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, asked the Yahoo! Answers community for their insights on climate change — “Congress is working on legislation to address global warming — what would you like to see included?”

Ten years ago when the World Wide Web was just taking off, pundits declared that it would change our world. And many of their predictions have been correct — commerce, news and information, communications, politics — they’ve all been affected and in many ways transformed by the Web. The Speaker engaging the Answers community for input on active legislation is simply more evidence of the Web’s transformative power. And it brings us one small step closer to the vision Lincoln outlined.

While we don’t yet know how this data will be used by the Speaker and her staff, we hope you’ll take the time to share your thoughts on reversing global warming.

Nathan Gamble
Yahoo! Search

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