Maxims on Regionalism

Sayings, quotes, and maxims are a good way to communicate ideas.  The idea of "regionalism" is more complex than central planners and politicians might lead you to believe.  Regionalism is not only about economies of scale or efficiencies of process, it is also about delegation and abdication of duties.  Here are two quotes that illustrate our point:

I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power. --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.

Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event.  If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. --Michael Moore.

The Nine-County Coalition would like to contribute to the repository of maxims on participatory democracy.  We hope you will copy, edit, and paste from the sayings below for your flyers, blogs, websites and other efforts at participation.


Not all Bay Area counties look the same.  Keep your county special.

Take back your government from unelected regional bureaucrats.

Cities and counties are governed by elected officials. Regions are not.

Regional unelected bureaucrats are not responsive to your wishes.




Who should decide how you get where you want to go?

Regional governance is unlimited and uncontrollable.

Keep your Bay clean and safe, but beware of regional taxation.

Self government requires casting informed votes.

Legislators pass the laws.  Voters pass the money.