As part of our Democracy Plaza project, MSNBC.com invites our readers to submit short essays on democracy in America, as inspired by our 'Democracy in America' slide show. Each week beginning on Monday, October 25, MSNBC.com editors will select one or several essays to publish in our special Democracy Plaza section. We'll continue publishing essays until the week of November 29. Entries are limited to 300 words — or about twice as long as this paragraph.
Submit your essay in the text box below, and don't forget to tell us where you live and how to reach you if you win. Good luck!
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