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The word democracy gets over-used, I think, especially if people don’t bother to vote but only use their voices to complain.

Bloggers prove that one voice can make a difference.

Neeta Lind, founder of Native American Netroots, found an urgent problem (no heating gas or oil for isolated tribes) and with her blog, caught national attention that raised almost $30,000 in just one night to help people from freezing to death.

Neeta is just one of the heroes in American Spring, an independent documentary about  the value of using “new media” to get out the vote, especially when a majority of Americans don’t vote.

Ask Justin Krebbs at Drinking Liberally how one lively voice was amplified across the nation, because he was so concerned about voters exercising their constitutional, democratic rights.

Or Markus Moulitsas, a veteran (I didn’t know that) and founder of the uber-popular Daily Kos, one of the most successful political blogs in the U.S.

Twitter, Facebook, any smartphone, any blog … every so-called “new” media is another “new” way to encourage one of the oldest freedoms in this country.

I’m grateful for everyone who casts a vote in any democracy.  I’m grateful for the courage of many involved in get-out-the-vote campaigns, regardless of the party or the cause they support.

I’m grateful for every blogger who uses her/his voice to give voice to the voiceless, like Andrea “Granny” Young, who took up blogging to ensure her grandchildren have a better future.

This is the United States; let’s be united at least on the importance of voting.

See the film, please.  It could be the best six minutes you spend watching any screen this campaign year.