John Adams, of Massachusetts, was the second president of the United States from 1797-1801. He signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, thus putting his life on the line in defiance of the King of England. In a letter to U.S. Senator John Taylor, of Virginia, dated Dec. 17, 1814, Adams wrote, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” John Adams knew how fragile a democracy could be. What can we do as Americans, to show our faith in a system of government that has served us so well for 246 years? We can start by thanking all of the brave people in the history of our country who died defending the greatest democracy that the world has ever known. Let us vote to honor them for their sacrifice. Let us vote for democracy on Nov. 8. You’ve had it all of your life, don’t lose it.